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.
34 3/4" . Hand carved from one piece of wood, the craftsman who made this is assured that it will be treasured. It is untouched. There are some old insect holes, non-active, and all the moisture has been absorbed by time. No paint; no breaks or stains. At this time of year, it would look wonderful with greens. It is really a rural work of art. 19th c, NH. 3 photos.
Picked out of an old NH house (really), a nice, very early codfish, in a great size with good detail and a simple presence. The patina is perfect attic surface with smooth edges from years of handling. No apologies. From the seacoast area. 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
6 3/4" long, mounted by my husband, Eno, on a custom steel stand, this bird is a beautiful shade of solid red, in excellent condition, with just the right amount of age wear. He has a subtle crest and so we think he is a Cardinal. He has the tiny bead eyes common to the form. Late 19th c. 3 photos
From the 1930s, but just adorable, filled with knives, forks and spoons for the doll and teddy party. There is a spray of flowers painted on one side. Perfect condition. 5 " long x 3 1/4" wide. 2 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 1850. 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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