Wells Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale, Wells, Maine
It’s hard to get better than this—perfect weather, a short day, and good stuff.
On June 25 Goosefare Antiques and Promotions of Wells, Maine, produced a one-day show that was almost directly across the street from its home base. The 17th Wells Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale lasted only six hours—from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—on the grounds of Laudholm Farm, which is headquarters for 2250 acres of the Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust. The weather was glorious, and even though there weren’t a lot of selling hours, the dealer count was high. Seventy-five dealers set up.
“I thought it went extremely well,” said John DeSimone, who promotes the show with his wife, Elizabeth. “It was busy all day. We had a huge opening, and dealers seemed to be selling. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We are nothing but pleased.”
The working goose decoy, probably New England, 1900-20, was $525 from Brian Cullity of Sagamore, Massachusetts. The Dutch Heemskerk candlesticks were $375 (left) with an old solder repair and $450. The Rhode Island table with breadboard molding around the entire one-board top and curly maple legs was $950.
Here’s a rarity. This is a carved sugar pine tank test hull, thought to be a version of the America’s Cup defender Ranger from the 1930s, which was the first yacht tank tested by the Davidson Laboratory of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, for design speed optimization. It was $4975 from Ann Wilbanks of Find Weatherly, LLC, Stamford, Connecticut.
Sandy Jacobs and Scott Bassoff of Swampscott, Massachusetts, asked $2600 for this 1800s American crewel work.
DeSimone added, “Attendance was very good. It was almost the same as last year, and last year was far and away ahead of any other year we’ve ever had. These past two years have been extremely well attended. We seem to be getting a lot of good buyers. We are seeing more and more people coming early. The opening crowd was quite large. It seems like every year people are coming earlier—I assume everyone wants to get a buy. It’s the thrill of the hunt in the beginning.” The show has no early-buying hours. The gates at open at 10 a.m. for everybody, although Goosefare does pre-sell tickets.
“The show has been going on for almost twenty years. It wasn’t always a success. But dealers saw the potential, and they stuck by the show,” he said. “One of the best buying years—or selling years—we ever had was two years ago when there was a disastrous storm. We had about three hundred people come through, and we closed the show at one o’clock, but every one of those three hundred people came out in that storm to buy.”
Martin Ferrick of Lincolnville, Maine, asked $1950 for a Hepplewhite New Hampshire chest with mahogany and cherry inlay. It’s inscribed inside the top drawer “George Hall, Oct. 25, 1811.” Sawmill, East Arlington (Vermont), an oil on board by Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), was $1200.
James LeFurgy of Wiscasset, Maine, and Phyllis Sommer of Pumpkin Patch Antiques, Searsport, Maine, shared a booth and offered a pair of 19th-century tin chambersticks for $395, a 19th-century copper eagle weathervane for $1200, and a Sheraton drop-leaf table in original red paint and turned legs for $545.
This hooked mat with a black horse was $295 from Horsefeathers Antiques, Delhi, New York.
Despite the large, open grounds, DeSimone said there isn’t room for expansion. In fact, the area available to the show was reduced a little this year. “We had to make some adjustments,” DeSimone said, adding that 75 dealers seems to be just about the capacity for the event. “We’re comfortable with what we have,” he said.
DeSimone noted that some attendees came from far away. “We had people come from Ohio, just for the show. They drive out for the show, stay for a couple of days, and then drive back. They come because there is a solid core of good merchandise there. The customers feel like they can always buy; there’s quite a nice mixture.
“If you can’t buy here, where can you buy?”
For more information, contact Goosefare Antiques and Promotions at (800) 641-6908 or see the website (www.goosefareantiques.com).
Chris McLean of McLean’s Antiques, Winterport, Maine, asked $350 for the blue-painted stand.
Joni Lima and Joseph Spaider of Iron Renaissance, Damariscotta, Maine, asked $225 for the set of four rattan rustic chairs that came from a cottage on Moosehead Lake in northern Maine. The pond sailor that Lima is shown holding was from the early 1900s and tagged $95. It came from a home in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Harold Cole and Bettina Krainin of Woodbury, Connecticut, and Wiscasset, Maine, asked $4800 for the rare gilded dove weathervane.
Dennis Raleigh of Wiscasset, Maine, showed us an unusual crooked knife with the handle in the shape of a coffin and a tintype embedded. It sold.
Two Roseville vases in the Mystique pattern. The 15" tall one was $450, and the 9" tall one was $250; both were from P-B-Antiques, New England and Florida.
This coastal scene, possibly Monhegan, by Alfred Fuller (1899-1980) was $2450 from the Bradford Trust Art & Antiques, Harwich Port, Massachusetts.
Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest