Kathy Schoemer Antiques
Kathy Schoemer Antiques was born at Christmastime in 1971 in New Canaan, CT. After lo these many years, we find ourselves in one of the smallest, dearest 18th century houses in the village of Walpole, NH, a magical spot just a minute from the meandering Connecticut River and southeastern Vermont. I have "been there" --- done some of the finest shows in the northeast, was President of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association for three years, worked really, really hard at my little business (loved every minute --almost), and am still totally smitten with the wonderful objects we are fortunate enough to find. No more shows ! as an exhibitor. I travel all over looking for these special things and hope you enjoy sharing my finds here at DIG. You can find lots more about Kathy Schoemer Antiques by visiting our website: www.kathyschoemerantiques.com I am happy to take payments via PayPal.
This is such a wonderful, and unusual Amish boy, dressed in traditional clothing of the period, with a wooden torso, head and legs, and cloth arms. I love Amish dolls and this is the only one in wood I have ever found. There is a rend in the wood, as is often found in toys due to shrinkage. See photo 3. It's the nature of things made of green wood. He manages to have a sweet personality and wonderful presence. He does stand with a little encouragement. c 1900. PA origin. 3 photos
A rare, solid red Amish bird (cardinal?) in great condition, all original including bead eyes, tiny hole at end of one wing, excellent patina, c 1890. The stand comes along with purchase. 3 photos
I think he is trying to be Raggedy Andy, but it doesn't matter, because he is a darling doll, no matter who he is trying to be. He is all original, including striped shirt with holes, woolen trousers (some holes too), belt with buckle, felted shoes, and all-around floppiness. You just know he was somebody's best friend and we're so glad he's here. c 1910 or so. 3 photos
Are they Grant (7 1/2") and Lee (7") ? I wonder. Found today, just in time for Ron Chernow's new, widely acclaimed Grant biography. These are in totally original paint - rough in spots - especially on the Union guy's face - but they are wonderful. I am not familiar with iron bookends, but I have never seen this pair and we are delighted to offer them. 3 photos.
Jugtown was a unique experiment, a retail enterprise founded by New Yorkers in the 1930s. They had discovered potters in the mountains of North Carolina who were carrying on the unbroken tradition of rural American pottery-making. They sponsored them - creating a shop and market for their wares. Many of the collectors in the first part of my career enjoyed collecting and using Jugtown. It is beautiful stuff and this pair are of the finest quality. The pitcher/creamer is 4" tall, and both are marked, and were made as a pair. In the photos I show them on a page in the book on Jugtown. The glaze is a glowing molasses brown. 3 photos.
Price: $55. pair
Little Pocket, 4.5" long x 3 3/4" wide, and an unfinished sampler on beautiful butter/gold linen which is 4.5" x 10 1/4". The first has very crude black stitching at the bottom which seems to be later, but it is definitely a little bag. The sampler has an unfinished edge, but, if folded, is frameable, and the color of the backgound fabric is a treat. I have a linsey/wolsey pillow from Mary deBuhr which has a piece like this sewn to it. Beautiful ! 2 photos.
Price: $85. pair
7" across x 11.5" long. This is the only Shaker work pocket I have seen and I have had it for many years. It came from a Shaker dealer who traced it to Sabbathday Lake. The pocket is beautifully made, true to origin, with meticulously taped edges and an inner pocket inside the opening which has a pearl button closure. It is made of natural linen and is in perfect condition. Late 19th c. 3 photos.
All vintage (one rabbit is marked "Formay"), all from a lifetime collection. 1 photo.
Price: $48. net for all
c 1840, American, this extraordinary toy is beautifully carved, both on the four sides and even having pierced carving on the rockers. It boasts its original paint both inside - old blue - and out, birds-eye maple graining. In its combination of form and color, it is the finest one I have seen or owned. There are very few apologies, including a missing flourish at the end of one rocker. It keeps its original bedding too, a ticking mattress, pillow and quilt. All untouched and completely original. 3 photos. Happy to provide more details and photos. The doll is a rare, large (16"), wooden Grodnertal, priced separately at $595.
This doll recently came out of a NYS collection, and she is very pleasing, with the asset of an embroidered face, original dress and undergarments, and a matching mop cap (very worn in back -see photo) with woolen curls poking out at the front. She is missing a kid hand. (A pair of early kid doll gloves, stuffed a bit, over the hands would solve the problem!) She has a center-face seam and nice woolen stockings which match her outfit. The dress fabric is a very sweet, tiny, salmon and off-white polka dotted design. Adorable. She sits very happily and is medium/hard stuffed. 3 photos.
"A Present for my dear Girl.", 2' h x 2" dia., in very good condition, with a silver luster band at top and transfer of mother and child in garden; "December.", 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", staining and rough rim, but having a wonderful transfer of a child pulling a dog and cat and a wagon filled with Christmas "delights"; "Flowers That Never Fade" motto in green, 2 1/2"+ x 2 1/2" +, with a mill cottage and a rare transfer of a one-legged sailor on crutches. These were found locally. Rare images sort of make up for condition issues. 3 photos.
Price: $175. net for all
8" make-do cloth doll with handless arms of china ,cloth body, a "bunched" round head (no features) and many extra clothes. Shown here in a 2 piece frock, with undergarments. Late 19th c, PA. Comes with original doll trunk (as is). 3 photos.
A Civil War period leather boot 12" tall, which must have been recovered from inside the walls of an early house. There was an article done on these in SIMPLE LIFE magazine a while ago, and they fascinate me. The most accepted logic is that they were stored inside walls during restoration/construction to ward off evil spirits. The tag on this one claimed that it was "dug at a Civil War battlefield", but I dispute that for many reasons. I don't think amateur archaeologists are permitted to muck around at those sacred sites, and this boot has the tell-tale fragrance of smoke emanating from it -- testimony to many years between the lathe and the plaster of a house, near to the chimney. Whatever....very few objects arouse such deep feelings in the observer. They carry the past to us in a direct line, and give us serious pause. 3 photos.
Price: $125. net, including shipping
This incredibly small and detailed "die" or "dice" has a sliding lid and the decoration is either inlay or paint, surrounded by infinitesimal brass tacks. It is beautifully made and finished and in pristine condition. c 1820. 3 photos.
3" x 6" . I have never seen one of these before, so very functional, yet beautiful. It fits neatly over top of the iron handle, is fully lined with a glorious striped textile and stuffed and quilted for heat protection. The red/white copperplate has fragmented scenes of a castle, horse and dog. Comes with a period sad iron. 3 photos.
6" tall x 6.5" diameter. A charming and very homespun Nantucket sewing basket, lined with a delightful 19th c calico. Chances are this was a gift from the maker to his sweetheart. It appears that the rim wrap was replaced or repaired, but done very well. Otherwise the condition is great. Nice wear on the edges of the wooden base. 3 photos.
15" x 20", incl. molding. Sometimes a piece comes along which requires a very close encounter, and this falls into that category . It is such an unusual treasure with its completely hand-done watercolor painting in the top section, and the hand -written prayer (in sepia ink) in the lower portion, which contains a tender and moving call to "All ye Household Gods...". The lady is kneeling, hands folded on the seat of the chair, with the broom and bucket waiting patiently by her side. It just seems very English to me, and must come out of the second half of the 19th c. It is beautifully matted and framed (new leaf). I will be happy to send along the entire prayer section upon request. Believe me, the words are so deeply touching, with surprising elements of whimsical symbolism . Hand lettering really intigues me and this is very beautifully executed. A little masterpiece. 3 photos.
The largest are just under 9" and these little cloth dolls are c 1920s. I find them irresistible in their amazingly clever and detailed clothing and their tiny, expressive faces. They have become very foxed with age, and one of the ladies has a "melting" slip, but they manage to enchant by their size and survival. My husband has made a fabulous black steel display stand for them which is included. 3 photos
22" x 17.5". A very tidy dwelling, similar to our house here in Walpole. I have had fun displaying it in our front window. It is in great shape; front is hinged to open easily and it is completely furnished, with curtains at the windows and even a window box in the bay window. c 1900 ? 2 photos.
Dated 1801. 11" x 14.5" including period black molding. Framed appropriately by Barrett Menson of Ashby, MA. Here we find the intriguing elements of very early embroidered pictures, notably the "flying basket", this one swinging from a branch and tied with a red bow. It is silk embroidery on early wool and possibly English. It was picked from a home in Acworth, NH.
A 3.75" x 2.75" paper-covered vintage box containing a dear array of tiny doll"s skirts and aprons. The clothing seems to be late 19th c and the box early 20th (made in Japan!). We love finding tiny boxes with original contents, undisturbed by time. 2 photos
Diameter of top : 12" x 8"; height 8". This is a really sweet little stool, with wonderful needlepoint or carpet fragment in lovely colors, brass tacks and period fringe. The legs have robust, crisp turnings, and it has a folky quality due to its shape and height. c 1850-1860. 3 photos.
5' - 6". 2 are 19th c and 1 is around 1920, and they are all more or less of the "rolled" variety. All are in original clothing and are fun to play with -- dolls for your dolls maybe ? 3 photos.
Price: $65. for 3
Approx. 80" X 80". The blue is a heavenly calico; the hand quilting is lovely. Let's face it -- You can't beat the right blue and white. Good size and a perfect summer accent for a special room. Excellent condition with a bit of edge fading and a few age spots. c 1890-1910. 3 photos
A 9.5" stockinette boy in calico overalls, with button eyes and stitched nose and mouth poses with a 7" little lady made of a stocking and dressed in a sweet bandana frock. She also has engaging stitched features. c 1930s, American; all original.
Price: Boy: $55. -- Lady: $38.
Mama is only 6" long, very flat, with little arms, and a dear old 19th c dress, petticoat and trimmings. Her head wobbles, but is attached. Her babies measure 2.5" and 3" in size. They all have endearing tiny faces. We celebrate that the mice in the attic did not find them before we did! c 1870 - 1880, American. 3 photos.
14.5" x 14.5" square. This is a rare and ingenious work piece for a schoolgirl who is learning darning. It is like a pieced doll quilt, made up of remnants of printed cottons, calicoes and wool, with a center medallion of a traditional darning design on linen. The pieces are bordered by a sweet red and white ribbon. Each piece is an exercise in darning and the work is well-executed (see photo 3). The condition is excellent ; from the 19th century. Most darning samplers are English, but this has a distinctly American flavor. Presently it is simply framed for safekeeping between two plexiglass panels.
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