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East Berlin Show Hits Its Sweet Sixteen

Karl H. Pass | May 16th, 2013

This sailor’s valentine was $3300 from Troy, Ohio, dealers John and Ellen Williams.

Local East Berlin dealer Andrea Hollenbaugh priced her assembled collection of 15 early printed cloth dolls and animals, mostly Arnold Print Works, at $2400.

Bill and Betty Annable of Oberlin, Ohio, were new to the East Berlin show this year. They asked $165 each for the blown glass canisters with tin lids.

East Berlin, Pennsylvania

The Historic East Berlin Antique Show, held May 16 through 18 in the East Berlin Area Community Center, boasted 32 dealers, which was two fewer than last year and also the same number as the nearby York show, held on the same weekend. Exhibiting dealers came from six states, and seven dealers were new to the show this year.

In all of its 16 years, the show had never before fallen on the weekend of Brimfield. “This is the first time it has conflicted,” said volunteer show manager Gretchen Davis. The local country show relies on crossover traffic from the Greater York Antiques Show, located 12 miles east in downtown York, and the competition with Brimfield affected both regional shows. Attendance and business on the Thursday evening preview was lighter than normal. Friday was busier, and Saturday was fairly slow.

The small country show had eight dealers from Ohio. Among those new this year were Bill and Betty Annable of Oberlin, Ohio, and returning after several years away from the show were John and Ellen Williams of Troy, Ohio. “We enjoyed being at the show tremendously. It looked very nice and had great things,” remarked Betty Annable. Another new dealer was Tom Eastep of King’s Arms Rare Books, Williamsburg, Virginia.  

“All the proceeds go to the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society [EBHPS],” stated Davis. The organization’s operations and buildings under its care are ambitious for a group its size. EBHPS oversees five buildings: a 1794 stone mill, a 1769 one-room schoolhouse, the 1892 Liberty #1 fire hall, an 1832 log house, and the 1849 Red Men’s hall. The hall, situated on the town’s main street, was home for the fraternal organization up until the late 1940’s and today serves as the society’s headquarters. Proceeds from this year’s show will be used for mill and schoolhouse restoration.

For more information on the Historic East Berlin Antique Show contact Gretchen Davis at (717) 259-9866 or the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society at (717) 259-0822; Web site (

Claudia Collins of Groundhog Hollow Antiques, Felton, Pennsylvania, had a booth next to the booth of her brother Stephen Burkhardt. Collins asked $395 for the oversize wrought- iron betty lamp, ex-McCarl collection. The iron rushlight with chestnut base was $695, and the pair of hogscraper candleholders was $595.

Keystone Antiques, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, asked $925 for the period wooden carved whale weathervane. The quilt with red and yellow tulips hanging in the background was $525.

Sandy Hart of Hanover, Pennsylvania, asked $4500 for the Shenandoah Valley bucket bench and $1450 for the treen pedestal plate. She sold a demilune table and a red-painted bench on opening night.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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