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Strong Sales for Single-Day Show

A Gathering on the Prairie, Arthur, Illinois

The fall edition of A Gathering on the Prairie was held March 2 at the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois. The show featured 57 dealers.

As the only single-day event during the semiannual Antiques Week in Central Illinois, which features three shows (four in the fall) in three towns over two days, A Gathering on the Prairie nudges buyers toward an immediacy that helps generate sales. There’s no tomorrow for be-back shoppers. And with a large crowd that stayed longer than usual, the show added pressure to indecisive collectors, who understood that someone else might not hesitate to buy the thing a reluctant shopper might be hemming and hawing about.

Mary Springob, who promotes the show with her husband, Chuck, said sales were strong from the start. “It was busy. They were making piles,” she said of buyers. Chuck described the crowd with action verbs, saying they were “excited” and “energized.”

The fall edition of A Gathering on the Prairie returns to the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois, Saturday, November 9. For more information, phone Chuck Springob at (815) 355-1746 or see the show’s Facebook page.

Fraktur marriage certificate by Henry Young, dated 1838, with a woman in a white dress, $4650 from Colleen and Daryl Alpers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Fraktur marriage certificate by Henry Young, dated 1838, with a woman in a white dress, $4650 from Colleen and Daryl Alpers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sign showing various cuts of beef, painted wood, 44

Sign showing various cuts of beef, painted wood, 44" x 76½", sold during the show by Randy Riedel of Hoosier Boy Antiques, Madison, Indiana.

Carved wooden beaver by an unknown Michigan artist, initialed and dated “VRS 7/23/90,” 32

Carved wooden beaver by an unknown Michigan artist, initialed and dated “VRS 7/23/90,” 32" long, $695; carved wooden pheasant with tin wings, the work of Michigan folk artist Fred Shreiber, circa 1990s, 34½" long, $325 and sold during the show by David Cotton and Heather Malott of Cotton’s Antiques, Wabash, Indiana.


Wooden trunk lettered “Owls / A. C. / Baseball,” in gray paint with red letters, with a row of holes drilled across the top for ventilation when storing the athletic club’s gear, $295 from Douglas R. Wyant of Cassopolis, Michigan.

Soprano-style National Triolian ukulele with a metal body, 1931, in near-mint original condition, $3500 from Michael and Trudy Naylor of Abe’s Old Hat Antiques, Springfield, Illinois.

Soprano-style National Triolian ukulele with a metal body, 1931, in near-mint original condition, $3500 from Michael and Trudy Naylor of Abe’s Old Hat Antiques, Springfield, Illinois.


Three bottle whimseys: a school, 15" high overall, $1200; P.A. Wilke Saloon by Carl Worner, 12" high overall, $1950; and a crucifixion scene, 18½" high overall, $1650 from Thom Rawson of Thomas M. Rawson Antiques, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rotating folk-art whirligig, two sections, the interior having a man sawing a log, 75

Rotating folk-art whirligig, two sections, the interior having a man sawing a log, 75" high overall, $780 from Rick and Nancy Turner of Songbird Lane Antiques, Cambridge, Illinois.

Cobalt-decorated salt-glazed stoneware from Bennington, Vermont, with impressed marks. The four-gallon jugs made by E. & L. P. Norton (left and right) were $1150 and $1195, while the double-bird jar by J. Norton & Co. (center) was $2000 from Stephen F. Rhodes Antiques, Champaign, Illinois.

Cobalt-decorated salt-glazed stoneware from Bennington, Vermont, with impressed marks. The four-gallon jugs made by E. & L. P. Norton (left and right) were $1150 and $1195, while the double-bird jar by J. Norton & Co. (center) was $2000 from Stephen F. Rhodes Antiques, Champaign, Illinois.

Candle lantern, $85; pantry boxes in light green and dark green paint, without lids, 9½

Candle lantern, $85; pantry boxes in light green and dark green paint, without lids, 9½" diameter, $165 each; and twig stand in brown paint, $85 from  Kim Burck of Kim’s Creel, Montague, Michigan. They were displayed on a wooden ironing board with deep burn marks where sad irons had been set; the board was not for sale.

Hickory glider, 40

Hickory glider, 40" high x 65" wide, $2100; stool, $250 from Diane Gish of Omaha, Nebraska.

“R. M. Bostwick & Son / Janesville” painted wood sign, single sided, 36½

“R. M. Bostwick & Son / Janesville” painted wood sign, single sided, 36½" x 47½", $1895; painted wood bin with divided interior, lettered “T. O. Thompson,” 41½" high x 35" wide, $1195; Woodland Indian beaded bag, 1890s, $985; and paint-decorated smoothing board, $395 from Terry Ziebarth of Ziebarth’s Antiques & Auctions, Avoca, Wisconsin.

Tin candleholder in the form of an eagle on an arrow, triangular base, 7½

Tin candleholder in the form of an eagle on an arrow, triangular base, 7½" high x 11½" wide, $295; southern miniature chest in mahogany, paneled sides and dainty turned legs, with brasses behind the glass knobs, 10 7/8" high x 9½" wide, $195 from David and Dottye Shepherd of Black Sheep Antiques, Charleston, Illinois.

Rocking horse, 27½

Rocking horse, 27½" high x 59" wide, $1095; pine table with a three-board top and cut corners, 30" high x 52½" wide x 33¾" deep, $465; and wooden dome-top document box in red paint, initialed “L L L,” with iron bands and lock, $395 from Ed Logan of Danville, Illinois.

Scandinavian-design pie safe in red paint with chocolate wash, all but the lower panels screened on the back, found in St. Paul, Minnesota, 72½

Scandinavian-design pie safe in red paint with chocolate wash, all but the lower panels screened on the back, found in St. Paul, Minnesota, 72½" high x 52" wide, $1450 from Ray Lassen of Studio 817, Wilmette, Illinois.

Rack holding a wooden mortar and pestle over a single drawer flanked by multiple spoons, decorated with tin embellishments and rosettes, heart cutouts, brass tacks, and a copper flower, 27

Rack holding a wooden mortar and pestle over a single drawer flanked by multiple spoons, decorated with tin embellishments and rosettes, heart cutouts, brass tacks, and a copper flower, 27" high x 29" wide x 7" deep, $1100 from Ron and Max Barnes of Honeysuckle Antiques, Owensville, Missouri.

Cutting board in the shape of a jug, 24

Cutting board in the shape of a jug, 24" x 15½", $310 from Judy Nichols of Nichols & Dimes Antiques, Elizabethtown, Indiana.

Two-piece dry sink cupboard in crusty white paint, with no sign that the upper section was ever attached to the zinc-lined base, 79½

Two-piece dry sink cupboard in crusty white paint, with no sign that the upper section was ever attached to the zinc-lined base, 79½" high x 41" wide, $850; large basket with a bentwood hickory handle, $525; wooden bowls, $25 each; and Albany-slip ovoid jug, $175 from Maureen and Jim Little of Pigeon Hollow Farm Antiques, Kingston, Illinois.

Settle in brown paint, with two lower drawers, early 1800s, 67½

Settle in brown paint, with two lower drawers, early 1800s, 67½" high x 67½" wide, $3895; linsey-woolsey blanket, $695; horse glider, $695; highchair, $179; new black doll wearing an early dress, $145; pewter candlesticks marked with a script “D,” $500 the pair; 16th-century English coffer with a peaked top, $1895; and 18th-century trunk with lock and key, $795 from Nancy and Ron Nelson of Sweet Pea’s Primitives and Such, Hinckley, Illinois.

Stepback cupboard in old green paint, 71¼

Stepback cupboard in old green paint, 71¼" high x 45" wide, sold during the show by Chuck and Mary Springob of Sycamore, Illinois.


Originally published in the June 2024 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2024 Maine Antique Digest

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