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.
12" tall and packed with details: worn crushed velvet suit with wooden buttons; sepia inked features with a hole at one eye; stitched thumbs; legs of gingham and calico; stocking cap. I have a weakness for dolls whose bodies have been fashioned of printed fabrics, which bring much more of the textile history to us. He is probably c 1870. 3 photos
9 1/4" w (at top) x 3.5" h x 2 3/4" deep. I have found precious few of these little deep boxes. I have kept two from long ago -- one for paper napkins and the other for potholders, and am happy to have this one to offer here. Yes, they are useful. This one is in original, untouched, oxidized finish, with tiny oxidized early finishing nails used in construction. The base is set in (photo 3) and care has been taken in the design, simple as it is. c 1860, New England origin. 3 photos
7'5" x 12". The soul of simplicity, this box comes with a provenance from the Carla Kingsley collection, sold by Ron Bourgeault - BK. 21,P. 86 - Gently canted sides, original finish, beautiful dovetailing, showing daily use. One side has a very old age crack and the bottom board has shrinkage on one edge. c 1860. 3 photos.
Lavishly illustrated in color, this tiny book has a spiritual quote for every day of the year. It is in good shape, and has an inscription on the first page dated December, 1893. It always amazes me that these tiny books survive and must be that they were special treasures. 3 photos
Excellent quality photos of children with dolls are hard to find now, and this is an especially nice one. A sweet looking child poses with her treasured doll, wearing what appears to be the same outfit. The photographer was "KELLOGG, 47 Main Street, St, Johnsbury, VT " The card is in excellent shape and the image is sharp. 1 photo
This little 12" mite is a lucky bear. Someone along the way gifted her/him with this smashing red woolen coat (sporting jet buttons). He does have wear on his adorable muzzle, and also on the back of his head. The coat has a few tiny holes, but it also has velvet collar and cuffs, and a fully quilted lining. c 1920. 3 photos
Soapstone boot warmers (just under 8" l ) , and a hand warmer (4 3/4" x 2.5"), from early New England make great hearth accessories, and are beautiful as well as functional artifacts from past winters. Hand example has some edge chipping ; boot warmers look as if they were made by a loving craftsman, having beautiful surfaces and champhered edges. I haven't run into these before and have owned them for years; so, am calling them rare. 2 photos. Warning: Shipping could be a bit costly. They are pretty heavy.
Price: $85. for all
At only 11" from nose to tail, this little cutting board is as handy as it is fun to look at. Nicely detailed, with an eye, mouth and a hole in the tail, somehow this guy manages to have a real personality. He's been well-used too, maybe for cutting lemons....? 1 photo
5.5" tall, with intact hook and original asphaltum under delicate floral decoration. Someone wanted a cheery aspect for this utilitarian object; the paint is so tender. It does have a bit of rust, top and bottom, on the base. mid-19th c. American. 3 photos
In crackled green over red paint, this 13" tall, delicately made rocker can stand alone or hold a favorite toy. It has many pleasing details and is in great condition. Most likely from the early 20th c, it has perfect proportion. 3 photos
Hand carved, imitating the nuances of coin silver, the largest is 10" long, and for many years they have stood in a narrow crock on my counter. I know they are at least mid-19th c, but do not have any specific details on origin. They are American shapes which is a clue. 2 photos.
Price: $95. for 4
This beautiful, herb-gathering basket has been with me for almost as long as I have been a dealer; I have treasured it. It measures 26.5" x 13'5"; the sides are 2.5" high and the handle rises 9" above the rim. It looks at home on the wall, or as the focus of an old table. It was the centerpiece for our Christmas table this past year. You can fill it or leave it empty. The color is a soft, nutty hue, and there appear to be 2 tiny pieces of splint missing at the place where the handle meets the side (one side - photo #3). The shape is almost a subtle hourglass. Handle is carved where it meets the basket. We were so lucky back in the 1970s to find these precious things. It came from a Connecticut home back then. 3 photos
17.5" long x 13.5" high . A small wooden toy in really beautiful paint with a stamp on the bottom: " Wooden Toys Made By Gould Manufacturing Co. Oshkosh, Wis. " Google yields a history of this company beginning in 1869 and dissolving in 1933, producing wooden toys from 1917 to 1933. The design and paint is wonderful, made for a very small child. A teddy bear looks happy on it. The wooden handle is a little wobbly, but otherwise great condition. 3 photos
These extraordinary gloves, with red stitching, have descended in their original blue paper box. The box has an image of Alexander I on the top, the words "Contains An Assortment" on each side, and on the bottom, "To Mother from dear Auntie 50 years ago, 1872". I honor each and every caring person who has seen this treasure through time, and hope to find the perfect home for them. Found in the booth of an upstate NY dealer. 3 photos.
A 1" Frozen Charlotte black doll, in a sweet little, original, velvet keeper box, fitted to her shape, with a blanket, cape and hanky (embroidered "Kate"). On the lid in pencil is written "Mabel from Grandma Bell, May 8, 1886". A tiny treasured survivor deserving of a continued presence. 3 photos.
Evocative of the genre paintings of the turn of the century, these amazingly detailed cast iron bookends reveal the spirit of the colonial revival. They include images of a sirtting cat, pewter on the mantel, brass andirons, a cauldron over an open fire, and bellows, all set against a brick/stone fireplace. Beautiful original, untouched patina. 3 photos
To be honest, I rarely buy pantry boxes. After 46 years, I have seen many pantry boxes, and now I only want the very best. This is a beautiful box, in a dry surface of sage green, over what appears to be a bittersweet, with a sturdy presence and finger laps . My photos do not at all do the color justice ; it is wonderful. There are a few areas of expected wear to the paint, and some distress at the very lower edges, a few tiny wooden pegs are missing, but it is untouched and right out of a NH collection. Found in my travels this week. c 1840. 7 3/4" diameter x 3 3/4" high. 3 photos
This one is different from the conventionally designed ones I've seen, and it may be earlier. Looks like iron based wire and hangs beautifully. Or it can just sit on the counter or bucket bench. Late 19th c. 3 photos.
18" long. A delightful toy for a special doll, this recamier is covered in its original woven, caramel colored cotton, with a piece of glazed cotton on the back. The legs are carved with nice detail and the brass tacks are original. c 1840. American. 2 photos
23" l x 9" h x 8" w. The base paint on this perfect doll cradle is the most beautiful salmon, and it has very sensitive hand-decoration on the sides, the headboard and the footboard. From New England, c 1840. The doll's cradles of the early colonial period are true documents of the whimsical talents of fathers of little girls. Their proliferation seems to indicate that they appeared on many bygone Christmas mornings. What could possibly have been more tender than to provide a cozy place for a favorite doll ? 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.
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.
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.
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