Purchase Story

The Cathedral Antiques Show

Atlanta, Georgia

The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta is home to the Cathedral Antiques Show, a show with 26 dealers, five of whom are members of the Antiques Council. The Antiques Council is a professional nonprofit association with over 80 members in North America and Europe. It currently manages four antiques shows, including the Cathedral Antiques Show. This year’s show was held January 25-27, with a preview on January 24.

The maker name suggests the use for this 1820 English Regency chair (imposing when closed) that included its original “D. Chambers / 47 Cary St. / London” blue on white porcelain bowl. At only $1250 you could have owned this classy potty chair with chamber pot from American Eagle Antiques, but it sold!

Shown by Bim Byers of American Eagle Antiques, this English John Ward gout chair shames today’s La-Z-Boy with features including arms that swing open for easy, slide-in access, places for reading materials, and more. It was listed at $4750 by the Harrison Township, Michigan, dealer.

Charles Edwin Puckett is especially known for his inventory of illuminated manuscripts, many dating from medieval times. They are usually seen as single leaves or pages, so this nearly complete book of hours and calendar (130 of 132 leaves) was a scarce treasure at $36,000.

One of the most specialized dealers at the show was John Forster of Barometer Fair, Sarasota, Florida. This was Forster’s fourth Cathedral show. He pointed out that circular French barometers are particularly popular with Atlanta buyers. American and English vertical cased barometers are also well received. In addition to offering barometers, Forster offered mechanical “universes,” which move planets around a sun, simulating the universe in action. He also offered an early mechanical computer for those who abhor the modern computers of today.
American Eagle Antiques, Harrison Township, Michigan, offered an English John Ward gout chair and a “thunderbox” adult potty chair. The Ward chair was tagged $4750, and the “thunderbox” was $1250.

Early examples of product collectible premiums were these small (3" x 5") lithographed decorative state map trading cards issued by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company in the late 1800s. Each map is decorated with two colorful scenes appropriate for the specific state with basic information including area, population, and major cities. They were offered with archival matting by Charles Edwin Puckett of Akron, Ohio, for $60 each.

Charles Edwin Puckett of Akron, Ohio, a map and print dealer, offered some unusual and scarce Americana items. Among these was a series of bold, colorful advertising pieces produced in the late 1800s by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, Brooklyn, New York. They were cards with a variation of a state map with two highly colorful scenes identifiable to that particular state. An incentive to buy Arbuckle coffee, they were among Arbuckle’s innovative marketing ideas. Arbuckle was the first coffee company to offer roasted beans in small bags and also introduced the one-pound bag. The maps were a quite affordable $60 each, so one could collect several of these maps for a group display. Arbuckle, now in Tucson, Arizona, claims that it is the “Coffee that Won the West,” with a blend known as Ariosa, which was popular on the frontier early in Arbuckle’s existence. Arbuckle also produced a number of trading cards.

This circa 1840 English ten-drawer chest is perfect to store small collectibles. Constructed of mahogany with all sides finished, bird’s-eye maple drawer fronts, and original pulls, it was priced at $4800 by Roger D. Winter of Solebury, Pennsylvania.

Chicago’s Finnegan Gallery offered this 4' x 8' painted carnival dartboard that reads “Wrinkle Pups / 3 Darts 25¢ / Hit Two Red Wins Pup”; it was $2800.

An example of a creative use of collectible objects was a pair of lamps (one shown) featuring old playground aluminum spring ride-on horses. Clearly marked “J E Burke Co Fond du Lac Wis,” the pair was tagged $450 by James Butterworth of Antique American Wicker, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Puckett also offered historically important American maps, including a 1513 map of the Americas. The 14½" x 17½" woodcut engraving was the first known map devoted to the New World. Created by Martin Waldseemüller, it mistakenly named the continent “America” based on the mapmaker’s belief that Amerigo Vespucci discovered it. This error was rapidly carried to other maps. Known as the “Admiral’s map,” it was tagged $36,000.

Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room Antiques had a wall of glass display cases filled with small collectibles. Notable was an assortment of Viennese bronze miniatures. Although these are still in production today, the examples offered were primarily from the heyday of this form, from the mid-19th century until World War II, and ranged in price from $200 to nearly $1000. A number of miniature animals, a typical form, were available. Unusual, however, was a small band of musicians, some with instruments and music stands, and a conductor with a baton. Another display case offered a variety of snuff bottles in the form of women’s shoes. Of various materials and ranging from 1" to 4" high, they were tagged $400 to $3000, based on age and size.

This dark oak three-door Mission bookcase features eight panes of glass in each door and tapered square legs on original casters. It is 55" tall x 60" wide, and the back is stamped “833.” It was offered by Roberto Freitas American Antiques & Decorative Arts, Stonington, Connecticut, for $9800.

For high-end American antiques, Roberto Freitas American Antiques & Decorative Arts, Stonington, Connecticut, was the star. Visitors’ eyes could sweep across a number of American paintings and focus on a mint Tiffany Dragonfly table lamp. Tagged $325,000, it was the most expensive item on the floor. Nearby was an oak three-door Arts and Crafts Mission-style bookcase priced at $9800.
D.M. Delaurentis Fine Antique Prints, Wayne, Pennsylvania, sold two maritime chromolithographs by Frederick Cozzens (1846-1928), priced at $2650 each, in matching archival gold-leaf frames. Cozzens is known for his 1880s limited-edition portfolios of sailing and sailboat racing prints. The two sold were from an 1884 deluxe edition of 250 and will continue racing together in their new home.
This was the 47th edition of the Cathedral show, which is produced by the women of the church and benefits a designated local charity each year. This show has distributed over $5 million to recipients over the years. The show is generally held on the last weekend of January. This was the second year that the Antiques Council managed the show. The show website (www.cathedralantiques.org) includes a 2018 dealer list with contact information and information about other events scheduled with the show, including a Flower Festival and Tour of Homes.

This Tiffany Dragonfly table lamp was tagged $325,000 by Roberto Freitas, who assured us that both the shade and base are signed.

Barometer Fair, Sarasota, Florida, offered dozens of vintage American, English, and French barometers, all in working order, along with other weather and technical instruments. Barometer prices ranged from $900 for a working wheel (banjo) with no inlay or embellishment or a simple stick to $6500 for a large dial unit with considerable ornamentation.

Artist John McAuley (b. 1865) began his career as a carriage painter at the Canton, Ohio, street railway company in the 1870s and eventually became a recognized fine artist. His 14" x 19" oil on canvas Setters on Point was tagged $4800 by Roger D. Winter.


Originally published in the April 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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