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Pure and Simple Antique Show

Don Johnson | May 4th, 2013

The smaller hatbox, marked for C.B. Platt, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has an illustration of a beaver and was $495. The larger ­hatbox, showing birds in a tree and lettered “Tappé/ 9 West 57,” was priced at $325 and sold during the show by Bill and Terri Baxter of Baxter Auction Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Music cabinet carved by Al Kennedy of Aberdeen, Washington, picturing a violin and having scores for “Home, Sweet Home,” “Annie Laurie,” and “The Holy City,” created between 1906 and 1909, the front door carved “E.A.C. Nov. 6, 1909,” traces of white paint, $1200 from John and Karen McNelis of Hen’s Nest Antiques, Niles, Michigan.

Set of six paint-decorated plank-seat chairs, Pennsylvania origin, mid-19th century, $1795 from Brad Selinger of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

Kokomo, Indiana

Routine can be a good thing. In its fourth year, the Pure and Simple Antique Show, held May 4 in Kokomo, Indiana, has become a steadfast event with great dealers and exciting merchandise. When it comes to Americana and country antiques in Indiana—anywhere, actually—this show is clearly a competitor.

For the latest edition, promoters Mike and Marti Korba, owners of The old Shed in nearby Russiaville, brought together 86 booths, a slight increase from last year and the largest show to date.

From the start, selling was brisk, with furniture among the items that were moving. Tom Cheap of Period Antiques, Scottsburg, Indiana, was in the middle of it all. “A lot of furniture has sold—a surprising amount of furniture,” he said. “It’s sold dealer to dealer, sold retail, so maybe the economy has turned around.”

He wasn’t the only one speculating on better times ahead. Mike Korba was also cautiously optimistic. He watched as “Sold” tags were placed on tables, cupboards, and other furniture around the room. “That’s a good sign for me, because I don’t buy unless I have the money,” he said.

It certainly seemed that people had cash to spend. Most dealers reported steady sales. That was backed up not only by the furniture that moved but also by a great variety of just about everything else. Standing near the doors during mid-show we got a glimpse at what was selling. Shoppers carried out a variety of purchases—a piece of cobalt-decorated stoneware, a painted game board, a carrier in old green paint, a red-painted dough box on legs. In a way, this microcosm of the marketplace was as interesting as the show itself.

There was some commonality in the mix. Dealers across the floor said stone fruit and hatboxes were selling.

Rick Feller of 1750 House Antiques, Alliance, Ohio, was having a good, albeit busy, day. “It’s been so hectic here,” he said, crediting the Korbas for the success. “The show has been getting better every year.”

In a way, there’s really not a lot that needs to be said about Pure and Simple. Feller was right; the show has continued to improve each year since an impressive debut in 2010. And the quality has become routine.

For more information, phone the Korbas at (765) 883-8323 or visit (

Drop-leaf dining table in tiger maple, $750; Pennsylvania toleware cider jug, $1200; glass milk pan, $695; hooked rug, $275, from Jerry A. Greenblatt of Verdigris Antiques, Evanston, Illinois.

Architectural element from the top of a door, taken from a circa 1850 mansion in Crawford County, Indiana, $195; three hand-carved shorebirds, original paint, 1940-50, found in New England, $250 each, from Tom and Rose Cheap of Period Antiques, Scottsburg, Indiana.

Dry sink in putty paint, $3850; early doll with a leather body and original clothes, $295; Pennsylvania redware ovoid jar having a crimped rim, with a lid, $395; and a yarn winder, $125, from Nancy Goff and Rick Feller of 1750 House Antiques, Alliance, Ohio.

Door hardware, $75 each from Dave and Laurie Wardrop of Calico Cat Antiques, Kokomo, Indiana.

Landscape painting with people, cattle, dogs, and a ship, oil on canvas, 19th century, $375; blacksmith-made fireplace salamander, $350; tin hanging candleholder with a punched design, $150, from David Proctor of Brookfield Corners, New Hampshire.

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

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