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The Original Semi-Annual York Antiques Show Continues to Impress

Karl H. Pass | January 31st, 2014

Gene Rappaport of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, asked $55,000 for the hanging Haida Northwest Coast blanket.

Dealers Harry Hartman and Oliver Overlander II of Marietta, Pennsylvania, asked $38,000 for their paint-decorated miniature Soap Hollow lift-top chest dated “1856.”

This hooked rug of a horse, chickens, and hearts, dated “1902,” with initials “SG,” was $18,500 from Newsom & Berdan of Thomasville, Pennsylvania. “The gate was outstanding,” said Betty Berdan at the show.

Jeff and Holly Noordsy of Cornwall, Vermont, asked $1250 for these six cobalt poison bottles.

York, Pennsylvania

“I haven’t seen this amount of furniture sell at a show in a very long time,” said dealer Chuck White of Warwick, New York, at the Original Semi-Annual York Antiques Show. “It was at all levels,” continued White. The show, managed by Melvin Arion, was held January 31 through February 2 in Memorial Hall East on the York Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania. There were 96 exhibitors.

The popular three-day event marked the beginning of the 2014 show season in south-central Pennsylvania with positive signs. “The interest level is high for material at multiple levels when priced accordingly, given certain market corrections,” noted an anonymous exhibitor.

“There were three separate waves. The people who came at opening, new faces on Saturday that seemed more eager than those on Friday, and then different people on Sunday,” mentioned Mark Saylor of Bertolet House Antiques, Oley, Pennsylvania.

It is always reported that show manager Arion heavily invests in advertising, which he does, and it works. His radio spots, notably on Harrisburg’s NPR station, reach tremendous numbers, and of course, he places print ads in many publications. It also helps that the range of material found at the show has a wide range of prices.

Weather can be a factor during the winter edition of this show, and Arion was fortunate it was not a problem this year. Temperatures were in the 40’s, and the snow held off until the Monday after the show ended.

Both country and formal offerings did well at this show. Quality tiger maple furniture continues to be hot, as does paint-decorated country furniture. Bertolet House Antiques sold a flame paint-decorated Dutch cupboard and corner cupboard. James Grievo sold a flame paint-decorated corner cupboard. Steven Still sold a paint-decorated chest of drawers by Jacob Knagy of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Kelly Kinzle sold his boldly paint-decorated corner cupboard from McAlisterville, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, a Daniel Rose tall-case clock from Reading, Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania red paint-decorated Dutch cupboard, a gate-leg table, a chest-on-frame, and two trade signs.

“It’s been beyond my expectations,” said dealer Sam Forsythe of Columbus, Ohio, who does shows on his own now. Among his notable sales were two large Hattie Brunner paintings, a decorated box (ex-Elgin collection), three fraktur, a bannister-back chair, a candlestand, a sponge-decorated jar, and a mocha mug.

New dates are set for the fall edition of the Arion show. Instead of Labor Day weekend, the show will be held September 26-28. For additional information, contact Melvin Arion at (302) 875-5326 or visit the Web site (

Complete five-plate cast-iron jamb stoves are incredibly rare. This 18th-century jamb stove from the Mary Ann Furnace in York County, Pennsylvania, was once in the Pastor Fred Weiser collection. Philip H. Bradley of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, sold it. The stone support was a reproduction. Bradley had it made based on an original at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Margaret Johnson Sutor of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, asked $895 for these three rewards of merit by Henry Johnson of Skippack, Pennsylvania. They were ex-Paul and Rita Flack and once sold at the Zumstein farm sale in Lower Salford Township, Pennsylvania, in 1997.

This circa 1625 James I English oak table/chair was priced at $13,000 by Fiske & Freeman, Ipswich, Massachusetts.

This portrait of a man attributed to Jacob Maentel was $8000 from Peter Chillingworth of Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. It was ex-Bill Koch.

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

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