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.
All vintage (one rabbit is marked "Formay"), all from a lifetime collection. 1 photo.
Price: $48. net for all
Some 19th c, a few a little later, but all have age and would look wonderful in a small wooden bowl or a blown glass jar. 1 photo.
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.
19" tall. A really nice boy doll, completely original clothing and condition, absolutely pleasing, and a good, good buy. Painted features - a bit of staining on face - and shoes, sweet striped romper with nice collar, pocket and belt, very Edwardian in spirit. Lovely hands (some call them "heart hands"), with big thumbs. 3 photos.
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.
16" Those who know me well are aware of my special love for these simple cloth dolls from the past. This one has an embroidered face (I think it is fine wool), red woolen hair poking out of her attached bonnet or cap, stitched down fingers, black cotton shoes and beige stockings. Her dress is wonderful -- a sprigged calico, gathered at the neckline, ruffles at the wrists and a beautiful hemline of sewn down pleats on the inside. Her tiny pearl buttons are closed with handmade loops of thread. She is hard-stuffed, but does sit with coaxing and her arms are flung out in a permanent state of excitement. c 1890. 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.
2" x 3" Here is an old friend of the Schoemer family, used many, many Christmases to make cookies for the tree. Lots of sentiment attached......It has a beautifully fashioned handle with folded edges. c 1860. PA origin. 3 photos.
Price: $165. net/free ship
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
These pieces have been with me since the early 1970s when I specialized in American stoneware and redware. Jugtown was a unique experiment, a retail enterprise founded by New Yorkers in the 1930s who 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. So did I. The pitcher (4" tall) was found in Gretchen Sharp's spectacular barn in South Salem, NY, and the sugar bowl (3 1/4" tall) was found later somewhere lost in memory. There is a chip on the rim of the sugar bowl, but, amazingly, it retains its original lid. Both pieces are stamped with the early Jugtown seal. 3 photos.
Price: $135. pair
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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