American Antiques / Kathy Schoemer
After more than 50 years in this amazing business, we welcome you to our happy site. Nothing has altered our dedication to real American "country", as it was known to all of us in the 1970's, when the first stacks of pantry boxes showed up in magazines, when Martha was beginning her journey in nearby Westport, CT, (I was in New Canaan, a few miles away), baskets were hung from beams, hooked rugs met stretchers, quilts hung on walls, weathervanes on stands, and on and on. We were an undaunted bunch, and we loved being together, buying, selling and gabbing. Still do. Look here on DIG for my most recent and most ancient finds. It is our shop window and our attic combined. One caveat: I do not like returns. This is a polite way of saying --"Please, no returns." Please ask as many questions and request as many photos as you like. I will gladly give you undivided attention. I price very sensitively, based on cost. I will do what I can to make your purchase a pleasure. Shipping costs have become a burden to all of us; we strive to keep them totally fair. We accept personal checks and PayPal, and offer Lay-A-Way as well. Please enjoy my finds. Living with antiques is one of life's greatest pleasures. PS: We work hard for you to offer really authentic things. I'm sure you are noticing peculiar iterations of country things everywhere now. If it's unbelievable, please beware. It is probably a fake. A clever artist can add "old" paint to a piece of woodenware; those objects are simply reproductions. It takes time, effort , conscience and love to offer true objects. Occasionally, I will offer re-creations by living or recent folk artists, worthy of collecting. These will be attributed to the artists.
10.5". x. 15". Maybe "Summer Afternoon" are the loveliest words in the English language, but "Home Cooking" is right up there with the warmest. The letters are painted on a very old panel, bordered by a red line, and it was found here in NH - from the first half of the 20th c. 2 photos.
18" x 8 3/4". No question of authenticity, this 2-sided sign lived its life out of doors. I think it is chestnut, a reminder of the old days when those trees were prevalent in New England. Something about the soul of this sign matches the dogged determination of old bookshop haunters (in my family, we all are) and it needs no further excuses. It wound up in the antiques world instead of the fireplace because we all love integrity and recycling. c 1930. 2 photos.
Somewhere through the years, Momma Kanga lost her joey, but a baby bear found her empty pouch. Wouldn't we love to hear that story ! Other than a crimp in her tail (not torn), and some miles on her mohair, she is in great condition and has a very, very sweet face. Bear is not terribly old but quite a cutie. Kangaroo is c 1950 or so. 2 photos.
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