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Shenandoah Antiques Expo Slogs through a Rainy Weekend

Walter C. Newman | October 11th, 2013

Tom and Mary Jo Riggs are from Greensboro, Maryland. They trade as Country Sampler Antiques and are proud that they have “the biggest truck in the parking lot.” The couple has configured a very large box truck to function as both their motor home and cargo carrier. The Arts and Crafts bookcase is $225. On the top shelf is an array of lithographed tin advertising containers that range in price from $20 to $50. The school bells are $29 to $49, the pitchers are $39 each, and the glass storage jars are $9 to $16.

Steve Cordes of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a longtime exhibitor at Fishersville. This sea of Hummel and Goebel figures must require extraordinary patience to set up. Cordes gets a lot of practice. He said that he does 32 shows a year, driving over 40,000 miles in the process. These figures range in price from $30 to $2650.

This group of eight poultry fountains is part of a 72-piece estate collection purchased by Helen and Larry Bryan of Princeton, New Jersey. The Bryans trade as H & L Antiques and said that they are learning more about this unique collecting niche every day. From the left, a blue and white stoneware example from the Remmey pottery of Baltimore, Maryland, was $1780. Next are a large piece by Haig of Philadelphia, priced at $575, a cobalt-decorated piece, $780, a redware double finial “000” fountain, $345, and a large stenciled piece marked “Splash Proof” from the Western Stoneware Co., Monmouth, Illinois, $450. Center front is a small modern “bird-cage” size fountain, priced at $35; it is flanked by unmarked pieces in white and brown that were priced at $150 each.

Fishersville, Virginia

Weather has always teased and threatened the semi-annual Shenandoah Antiques Expo in Fishersville, Virginia. The weekend of October 11-13, 2013, may have been the wettest and dreariest in recent memory. It rained at some point each day.

The infield was obviously hit the hardest. When I visited on Saturday, it appeared that at least a fourth of the outdoor vendors had folded their tents and awnings and vacated the grounds. At least a third of those who remained had elected to cover their booths with plastic tarps and wait for the weather to change.

Doug Brinkley of Germansville, Pennsylvania, was one of the exceptions. He has set up in the same spot in the Fishersville infield for as long as anyone can remember. Brinkley specializes in antique tools. The rain had forced him to consolidate his offerings under his tent, thereby reducing the amount of display area by at least half. Standing under the tent on Saturday, he was undeterred. He stated that he had an “excellent” day on Friday. “I decided to bring along a lot of large things that I have been dragging around for some time, and most of it sold. I can already count the weekend as a success.”

Most of the dealers in the main buildings were also upbeat and excited. Those whom I spoke with agreed with Doug Brinkley, stating that they had an excellent day on Friday. From their standpoint, the rain may have helped sales. The weather had pushed people inside from the infield, and sales on Saturday appeared brisk.

Ray Stokes of Heritage Promotions did announce a major change in the upcoming spring Fishersville show. Stokes had previously announced that going forward the spring shows would be set for the last weekend in May. That date, as well as the number of show days, has been changed. For the first time, the May show will be a two-day event, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10. Setup will be on Thursday. As we have noted in the past, Fishersville’s spring show often competes with Mother’s Day activities, college graduations, and dealer travel to large northeastern multi-venue sales.

By settling on a two-day sale before Mother’s Day, Stokes hopes to kill several birds. First, it takes Mother’s Day activities completely out of the equation; second, by shortening to a two-day event, Sunday is left as an extra travel day for dealers who want to move northward for the following week’s shows; and third, the timing allows an opportunity to add new dealers who may have wanted to give Fishersville a try on their way north but who had been unable to work the show into their tight travel schedules. In fact, Stokes stated that he has already received positive inquiries from new dealers who will be able to stop at Fishersville on their way north along Interstate 81.

In the current antiques show environment it is difficult to accommodate everyone and avoid all conflicting schedules. On its face, the change in the timing and duration of the Fishersville show seems to make sense. Let’s hope that the new format will settle in so that the weather will be the only question mark on Fishersville’s horizon.

For additional information, contact Heritage Promotions at (434) 847-8242 or (434) 846-7452 or visit the Web site (

The business card from Four Friends Antiques, Medina, Ohio, states that they offer “mostly primitives, some industrial, and plain and goofy” items. The large settle bench has a very deep seat and retains its original black/green finish. The back rail, legs, and stretchers display paint decoration. The bench is tagged $1375. The dovetailed maple storage box is marked $375. The hooked rug of a sailing ship is dated 1848. The ship’s name, Sallyann, is hooked on the vessel’s side. The rug is tagged $395.

These four pieces of artwork were found in the booth of Antiques of London. Warren Burls and Mel Madsen operate their antiques and decorative arts business from both sides of the Atlantic, with a Williamsburg, Virginia, location and a London presence. Upper left, a framed oil on board, Arctic Wolf, signed “J. Moss, 1912,” is tagged $395. The circa 1880 Scottish castle needlework is unsigned and marked $175. The Golfer, a circa 1890 oil on board, is signed “J. Bateman” and tagged $525. The watercolor, Frankfort, is signed “M. Page” and priced at $195.

Carolyn White is from Charlottesville, Virginia, and trades as Carolyn’s Antiques. On the lower shelf is a large seven-tier tramp art box. It was marked $245. The finely woven basket with lid is $150. Above are two utility baskets, one round and one square. They are priced at $68 and $85 respectively. The wooden molds in the round basket are $35 each. In the center of the top shelf is a bird’s-eye maple jewelry box constructed with an Art Deco look. The box was tagged at $125.

Doris and Wendell Davis of W & D Antiques, Front Royal, Virginia, had the small oil on canvas winter scene, signed “Gibson,” dated 1889, and priced at $380. The large landscape is signed “R. Raymond” and dated 1906. It carries a tag of $575. The three-drawer string-inlaid server is $825, the boxed set of cobalt and silver salts is marked $225, the cut glass stemware pieces are $24 each, and the tea caddy, complete with a mixing glass, is priced at $460.

Jeff Kaiser of South Carolina brought this unusual three-piece trophy garniture set that includes a pair of candlesticks, each with two arms, and a clock. Each of the pieces appears to be constructed from a central ivory tusk decorated with ormolu. Kaiser noted that although the pieces are not marked, he is certain that they are French. The cap bands feature pierced scrollwork, and the bases are decorated with Classical dolphin figures. The clock is wound through a covered opening in the back. The set was tagged $5500.

Originally published in the January 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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