Noonmark Antiques

Busy Summer!

Charles HammellComment

This summer was jam packed with lots of travel and good sales through our business. We are excited about our brokering business which is going well. If you are actively looking for an item to add to your collection or to decorate your space, let us know. We can help you. Or, if you wish to sell a specific item, we would be happy to locate a buyer for you. Our fee is very reasonable. Contact us at or call 609-313-8275.

Below are some highlights of items that went to new homes this summer:

Joseph Hollinshead Tall Case Clock, made in Burlington, NJ

A set of 6 branded William McElroy Windsor chairs, made in Moorestown, NJ, circa 1790

Brand on one of the chairs. All 6 were branded.

A selection of fine vintage Southwest turquoise & sterling jewelry were purchased for holiday gifts.

Large herb gathering basket sold at our booth in Mullica Hill in June.

Ware Rocking Chair from Roadstown, NJ went to a discriminating collector's pristine home.

A Richmond Stove Company turtle match safe was quickly snapped up by a knowledgable dealer.

As Antiques Dealers Association of America members, all our items are guaranteed.





Noonmark Vacations

Charles HammellComment

Where do busy Noonmark Antiques dealers go for vacation? Why, the Adirondacks, of course! We spent a blissful week with our family in Keene, New York. The fresh air revived us and we had a wonderful time hiking, shopping, dining, touristing, composing (Charlie) and antiquing  (Lisa) We can't wait to return!

Noonmark Mountain

The fam sets out to hike a bit of Noonmark Mountain. We encountered our first ever bear sighting. Little cub & mama.

Baby Lucy slept through it all!

My favorite view of Mirror Lake from Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn

My favorite entre at Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn - Fisherman's Stew paired with Mer Soleil chardonnay

Captivating Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.

Lake Placid itself!

Lovely straw flowers by Mirror Lake Inn


The MacDowell Colony

Charles HammellComment

Here are some excerpts from a whirlwind weekend we spent with our gracious & generous host, composer Andrew Rudin at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The MacDowell Colony is a 400 acre selected artist's retreat, founded in 1907 by Edward & Marian MacDowell. Once a year,on this particular weekend in August, the Colony opens its doors to visitors to participate in the annual Medal Day festivities. The Edward MacDowell Medal is presented to an artist of enduring vision and creativity. Nobel & Pulitzer prize winning novelist Toni Morrison was the recipient of the 2016 Medal. She is hailed as " the greatest living American novelist" by Michael Chabon, board chair of the Colony.
Composer and our dear friend Andrew Rudin has had the privilege of being a fellow here for a number of years and treated Charlie & I to a series of wonderful tours around the site as well as a beautiful dinner and delicious lunch.It was a whirlwind weekend filled with beauty, creativity, food for thought, 4 hour long thunderstorms, magnificent fresh air, nature, and dispensed wisdom. A day later, I was still processing all I had seen and heard and was quite grateful for the experience. Thank you, Andrew!

The Entrance

Inside the entrance

The Library

One of the cottages where the "fellows' create their works of art, be it literary, music, or visual.


Toni Morrison gives a compelling speech to a crowd of 2400 adoring fans after receiving the medal.

Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, New York

Charles HammellComment

What to do on a sunny day with chance of showers in Cooperstown, New York? I had a number of options - Fenimore Art Museum, Farmer's Museum, Architecture Walking Tour. Instead, I chose to wander down Main Street and discovered the fantastic book store, Willis Monie Books. I spent about an hour there and came away staggering under a load of books. While there, I decided that the 1:00 tour at Hyde Hall should be the next thing on my agenda. Hyde Hall was the home of George Clark (1768-1835) a wealthy English landowner, who married the widow of James Fenimore Cooper's oldest brother. George Clark bought some land on Lake Otsego in 1817 which was located beside his new wife's property. He commissioned a grand house with wings that faced a central courtyard. The construction of the mansion lasted from 1817-1834 and was considered the largest private home of that time. Since this seems to be the summer of grand homes, I was curious to visit this National Landmark.

First of all, I must mention that our guide Linda, was excellent. She had only been a docent for two weeks, but she was very knowledgable about everything to do with Hyde Hall and then some. I learned a few things, which was great!

Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, New York.

I asked if there were any plans for landscaping. Linda explained that for safety reasons, shrubbery and trees were not ever planted. She also told us that the crunchy stones on the driveway announced guests or intruders.


The front entry.

Hyde Hall has had massive amounts of water damage over the years. And so, when one enters the front hall, the very strong odor of mildew is present. I was surprised at this, but, as the tour continued, I began to understand why. Notice, there is no grand sweeping stairway visible.

Left parlor.

Many of the furnishings of the mansion are original to the house. They had been sold at auction and stalwart volunteers are hunting them down and purchasing them back.

View from the parlor, across the front entry to the dining room.

Dining room, to the right of the entry.

Original furnishings in a smaller room off of the parlor.

The room as it is interpreted today.

Beneath this window is a small door.The sash would slide up and farmers entered to pay their rent to Mr. Clark.  Below this window is a trap door, which leads to the basement where Mr. Clark kept his safe.

View from a side wing of the house to Otsego Lake.

The courtyard.

Original plaster mold.

Work is contiually in progress here. This plaster mold is used for ceiling decoration.

The hidden stairway behind the wall of the front entry. It is quite beautiful and a shame it is not in full view. Maybe to prevent heat from rising to the third level as an economical measure.

This piece of furniture is original to the house and held the leaves to the dining room table.

Tickets for the Hyde Hall tour are $12. I would not bring children to this tour. There was a boy about 8 years old and he was quite bored. He sat on the furnishings and the docent very kindly reminded him not to sit on these original pieces. However, I was delighted by the tour and could have asked questions for hours. Very informative and very helpful. Interesting furniture and lighting. Many of the rooms are incomplete. It is a fascinating work in progress.


Victorian Ladies Inn, The Mooring Restaurant, Castle Hill Inn Restaurant, Newport Rhode Island

Charles HammellComment

Folks ask me how I find such great places to stay and dine. It takes a lot of work to discover the special places. Most peolpe don't have time to browse the internet. Since I have already done the work, I'll share my finds with you.

Victorian Ladies Inn - I wanted to be close to the Mansions and Cliff Walk so I chose this bed & breakfast. Charlie & I  wanted an egg breakfast without needing to go to a restaurant. This was the perfect place for us. As the name states, this is a Victorian main house with additional cottages to the rear. We stayed in the Alfred Room, which was on the street. The room was quiet. We were not disturbed by the noise of the street, which was great. The room was charming. It had a little refridgerator-bonus! The room was clean and had a private bathroom. Breakfast was a bountiful buffet and made to order entree. We could sit in the garden or on the porch or inside. We did not interact with the other guests which I guess is fine if you like your privacy. I like to meet people so I was slightly disappointed but that was ok. Daily ice tea and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were placed in the parlor at 4:00. Believe me, I was there at 4:00, as were other guests! I really liked this place. Very convenient to the Mansions, but, a bit distant to town. I don't mind walking. You can leave your car in the on site parking lot which is convenient since parking is at a premium in town.

Second floor hall

The Alfred Room

A very comfortable sofa in the Alfred Room. You don't often have one of these in a B&B!

The Mooring Restaurant

Fun, Fun, Fun! If you want a great, happy seafood restaurant on a marina with a perfect view of the sunset, you will like this place. This is Charlie's kind of spot. The food was excellent. The wait staff was attentive. The sunset gorgeous and the marina was interesting to watch as the boats sailed in. We will be back!

The beautiful view at The Mooring Restaurant in Newport, RI.

Wonderful chocolate cake dessert at the Mooring Restaurant, Newport , RI

Castle Hill Inn Restaurant

We were told wonderful things about this restaurant. It really was very special. The chef goes out of his way to make each diner have a perfect evening. One thing, though. Our dinner lasted three hours. So, do not plan to go anywhere afterwards. The dinner is your evening entertainment. The meal is pre-fixe and there are seating times. We were seated at 7:15 and did not leave until 10:15. But, we had a wonderfully relaxing time, enjoyed the spectacular sunset and the cool breezes off the water. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. There were a number of small in between dishes that tided us over as we awaited each course. The staff was well trained and friendly. The room was small enough that you could have a private conversation without shouting. A memorable evening.

Beautiful beet salad

Charlie's lobster tail entre

Our view from the dinig room of Castle Hill Inn Restaurant


Newport Mansions

Charles HammellComment

In July, I like to use my birthday as an opportunity to visit bucket list sites. This year, I chose the Newport, Rhode Island Mansions. My goal was to take a broad sweep of the Mansions on this visit and decide if I would like to return. I purchased advance tickets, which would permit us to visit five of the available nine Mansions open to the public. Each Mansion had an audio tour. I did not take the audio tours. I wished to experience the mansions "as is" as a first time visitor. Next time, yes, there will be a next time, I will read up on all these fabulous residences and be prepared for the audio tours.

I was extremely fortunate on this trip. The Mansions had just revoked the long standing "no photograpghy" policy. Folks were permitted to use I- phone and non flash cameras. My only regret is that I did not take more photos. There are books filled with images to purchase at the end of the tours, but, I would have enjoyed my own photographic memories much more.

The first Mansion we toured was the Breakers. This is by far the largest Mansion and certainly quite oppulent. Cornelius Vanderbilt II is responsible for this 70 room monster facing the sea.The original home was destoyed by fire. In 1893, Cornelius commissined this four story Italianate style palace. I breezed through too quickly. Take your time. It is jaw droppingly gorgeous. I found it curious that the Mr. and Mrs. bedrooms faced the street and not the sea.

Our second stop,The Elms, was completed in 1901. Edward J. Berwind had Philadelphia affiliations and was head of a thriving coal company. The commissioned architect of this lovely home also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Though this Mansion is not on the water, it holds a preeminent place on Bellvue Avenue. While we were there, The Vienna Piano Trio were perfoming in the ballroom. It was a delight to experience the drifting melodies throughout the house as we toured. At least, I could hear them, because I wasn't using the audio tour!

Our third stop was Marble House. I was eager to see a Mansion clad in marble. I was not disappointed. Opulent is a good start for a descriptive adjective for this summer residence. The owner, William K. Vanderbilt only got to spend two summers here before he divorced his wife and moved to Paris. It took four years for this house to be completed. Marble was imported from Europe. It was and still is indeed a masterpiece. Again, take your time through this incredible creation.

We were determined to visit Hunter House, which was not on our advance ticket. We made the mistake of attempting to drive over to the other side of Newport mid-day to see this early American treasure. We lost valuable time stuck in traffic only to discover that the tickets were $30. a piece for the tour. I decided that we should tour Hunter House when we returned. Yes, we shall return! Apparently, housed here is one of our country's finest collections of period furnishings made in Rhode Island. Names such as Townsend and Goddard and Gilbert Stuart enticed us,but we opted to wait and be prepared the next time we visit.

Our final tour of the day was Rosecliff Mansion. It is indeed lovely on a less grand scale. The rooms are not as fully furnished as the other Mansions. This summer residence was commissioned in 1898 by Theresa Fair Oelrichs, silver mining heiress and organizer of extravagant fetes. Charlie explained the end story which was  a sad one and cast a melancholy pall even on a brightly lit afternoon in the rose garden. Maybe I didn't want to know the ending. The ever present ocean and horizon bearing sky stretched on, including us briefly in the story as we wandered on the lawn and through the garden. It was a full day. And about to become more exciting when we went to birthday dinner at Castle Hill Inn. See my next Blog entry.



Hamilton “Sideshow”

Charles HammellComment

On July 4th weekend, we did the opposite of what most folks do. Everyone thinks of visiting Philadelphia to celebrate our country’s birthday. No, we travelled to New York City, to spend time with our new baby grand daughter and give her parents a much needed date afternoon. After we wore ourselves out playing with a four month old, we had dinner at Porteno, an Argentinian restaurant by the High Line. The food was delicious. The room is small and frequented by locals. Good wine selection. Conversation was easy. Great wait staff and bar tender. We plan to return soon.

Delicious dessert at Porteno-how did they know I was a musician?

The next day, our son suggested we visit the Passaic Falls in Paterson, New Jersey. The falls sits squarely in the center of town and is one of the larger falls in the US. Alexander Hamilton visited the falls in 1778 and saw incredible potential. He later designated Paterson as the first industrial city in America. He commissioned canals and raceways to channel the water of the Passaic River to flow to various parts of town, thus enabling the rise of a number of mills. The site is an historic national landmark. I suggest a visit when the water is high. The falls can be an impressive sight. When we were there, they were less dynamic, but still intriguing. You can bring children to this destination. We brought our grand daughter. Many other children were there as well. No admission charge.

The Passaic Falls


What Can You Buy at the June Festival of Antiques in Mullica Hill ?

Charles HammellComment

Business was brisk for Noonmark Antiques at the June Festival of Antiques in Mullica Hill on June 11, 2016. This rain or shine 1 day outdoor venue had a 7:00 am set up that was busy from the start. The doors opened a bit before 10:00 and the crowds flowed through. Noonmark Antiques wrote up slips constantly until about noon, when the crowds began to slow due to heat. Word has it that next year, the show will be held on June 10, from 9-3. Mark your calendars.

Here is a list of items sold by Noonmark Antiques at this fun and casual show:

-Norton Crock, 1 gallon

- Norton Stoneware Jar

-Wallpaper Box

-Large Herb Basket

-Bill Rank Rooster Theorem

-Harvard Lap Pantry Box

-Ivin’s Cookie Tin

-Sterling and Turquoise Southwest Cuff Bracelet

- Small antique basket

- Various Vintage Kitchen Items

And, here's what's left..........

and picked a dandy fire starter from my neighbor at the show!


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The Personal Collection of Lewis Scranton, presented by Skinner,Inc. May 21, 2016

Charles HammellComment

Charlie and I first met Lew Scranton about six years ago when we participated in the Guilford Antiques Show for two consecutive years. Lew’s booth was always filled with interesting objects. He was sincere – someone I felt I could trust. When I heard that Lew was planning to sell his personal collection via Skinner, Inc. at an ‘old fashioned’ on site auction with no phone bidding and no buyer’s premium, I felt I needed to be at this event. So we booked a peaceful room at an  AirBnB in Madison, CT and traveled to Killingworth, CT to see Lew’s New England home during the preview. Lew lovingly restored his home to a beautiful Americana showplace, just right for displaying his treasures.

The preview was bustling with anticipation. It was a thrill to see the objects in their natural surroundings. Many dealers and collectors were there. The atmosphere was festive and the weather perfect. A large tent for the auction filled the side yard. I was careful to reserve a seat for the following day.

The next morning dawned golden and filled with bird song. We arrived early to have a last go round to see the items to be sold, now placed under the tent. Below is a sample:

The lovely surface of this child's settle hoisted the winning bid to $18,000.  

One of my favorites, this stunning redware plate sold for $8,000.  

Stephen Fletcher, Department Director and auctioneer, quipped his way through the opening lots and kept the atmosphere light and festive. 

Lew Scranton has not retired. He will continue to buy and sell. Nicknamed, the Lanky Yankee, you will still see him at his favorite shows.

For more images and selected prices, see our Noonmark Antiques face book page.

American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts, Freeman's Auctions April 19, 2016

Charles HammellComment

This auction included property deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Society. Here are some highlights:

Lot # 51 The Justice Samuel Chase pair of fine Chippendale carved mahogany tassel back side chairs, Philadelphia, circa 1760 sold for $100,000. below estimate of $150,000-250,000.

Lot #86 rare embroidered plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia by Susanna Wilinson Atkinson, age 14 dated 1807 sold for $90,000. above estimate of $15,000.- 25,000.

Lot # 177 William Matthew Prior, Portrait of a Young Lady sold for $4,000.

Lot #196 Carved and painted bird tree sold for $850.

Lot # 103 Pieced and appliqued presentation album quilt by Mary Worrall Parry sold for $16,000.

Lot # 151 two taxidermy bird groups under glass domes sold for $2,900.

Lot # 201 carved and painted folk art box sold for $500.


The ADA 2016 Award of Merit

Charles HammellComment

The Antiques Dealers’ Association of America is composed of professional antiques dealers who are dedicated to integrity, honesty, and ethical conduct in the antiques trade. Noonmark Antiques is a member of this organization and we are pleased to be a part of this outstanding group of dealers.

Each year, the ADA honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the antiques community. The 2016 recipients are Joan and Victor Johnson – collectors, scholars and philanthropists. The Johnson’s promised gift of their extensive fraktur collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is extremely generous. The antiques community has benefitted significantly from their kind gesture and we are grateful. See my past post from 3/9/2015 "The Exhibit, Drawn with Spirit, Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection."

The awards dinner took place under the tent location of the Philadelphia Antiques Show at the Navy Yard on April 15. This event is open to the public and folks may attend this jovial evening of banter and the latest news. To my left, at our table was Christopher D. Fox, Associate Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner Auctions. I spent a delightful evening learning about Chris’ interest in early metal ware. Across from Charlie & I was Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President of Skinner Auctions and Director of the Americana Department as well as a frequent appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. The surprise of the evening for me was when our table was called to the buffet line. Ahead of Charlie in line was Brock Jobe – author, curator, past ADA award recipient and Deputy Director for Collections and Interpretation at Winterthur Museum. Brock introduced himself to Charlie, who in turn, whirled around to me and said, “Lisa, it’s Brock Jobe!” I was very excited to meet him and of course, asked for a picture to which he cheerfully obliged.

My interest in Brock Jobe’s work was piqued when Judy Loto, past President of the ADA gave the keynote address at Mr. Jobe’s award ceremony.

Judy mentioned his landmark book, “Portsmouth Furniture – Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast” several times during her remarks and I knew I needed to familiarize myself with this volume.

Since that time, Charlie & I have visited Portsmouth and Strawberry Banke several times to view and study the important discoveries there.

Back to 2016. The keynote speakers for the Johnson’s event were Alexandra Kirtley, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Linda Johnson, daughter of Joan & Victor Johnson and President and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Both women shared winsome and endearing stories of the two honorees.

Joan and Victor responded kindly and graciously to the presentation of the award by President James Kilvington and  Director Arthur Liverant. It was a delightful celebration of the lives and work of two dear friends.

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show 2016

Charles HammellComment

This show holds a special place in my heart. I remember 15 years ago attending this show and thinking, “I’d like to do this.” Why?  Because I was impressed with the quality of the items and their link to the past. Because I loved the amazing amount of material culture from our region and desired to learn more. Because several dealers, who have since become great friends encouraged us to jump in. And so, we took the plunge and became antiques dealers. It is hard work, but interesting work and extremely gratifying when an item finds a loving new home. Below, are some highlights from the booths of my hard working colleagues. I wish I could share the entire show, it was beautiful! Kudos to all and especially to Diana Bittel and Karen & Ralph DiSaia the Show Managers.

A benefit for Penn Medicine

Olde Hope Antiques

The booth of Kelly Kinzle

The booth of Chris Rebollo

John Chaski's lovely booth

HL Chalfant wallpaper boxes

Amy Finkel thinking green

Steven S. Power's creative mix

A musical nod from Samuel Herrup

An artful tribute to family from David Schorsch

Gemini Antiques

Charlie chills in the cafe area

Tickets were $20. and the proceeds benefit Penn Medicine. The event took place in a spectacular tent on the Marine Parade Grounds of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Chester County Antiques Show 2016

Charles HammellComment

April is a busy time of year. I have not had an opportunity to visit the Chester County Antiques Show the past few years. This year, I had an opening in my schedule so Charlie & I ventured out to beautiful Chester County, PA to check out the show. I was pleasntly surprised. There were MANY items I would have happily purchased if my budget allowed. Quality items. Items that would round out a serious collection. Keep an eye out for the dates for 2017 and take the trip to this gorgeous region for some antiquing fun!

The Show takes place on the beautiful campus of the Phelps School in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Here is the booth of Joe Lodge. A number of his pieces caused me to linger and admire.

The Show entrance. Wonderful antiques as far as the eye could see and the soul sense. Where to begin? Decisions, decisions! Check it out for yourself next year!



Happy 35th Anniversary to US!

Charles HammellComment

Yes, indeed. Happy 35th wedding anniversary to Charlie & I! Through thick and thin we've weathered the storms and are still together after all these years. We are blessed with two adult children, a beautiful daughter in law and a brand new granddaughter. Yes, we are blessed!

How did we celebrate? We checked off another bucket list wish and stayed a few days in a tiny farmhouse with a spectacular view of Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, New York. Charlie skiied while I worked on the antiques business at the farmhouse. During the evenings, we visited with dear friends in Lake Placid and dined at 2 fabulous restaurants - Chair 6 and Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn. A memorable celebration. Here's to 35 more years- Cheers!

One of the best views of Whiteface and the extended range in the area + a charming photogenic shed.

Rustic Wyeth-like farmhouse interior.

After a fine anniversary meal at Taste Bistro, Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, Charlie took a moment to warm by the fire and admire the enormous mounted moose in the lobby library. Not shown, children and parents engaged in various board games at low tables with comfy chairs and pillows. Sweet!


The Hooton/Warrington Family Signature Quilt aka the Roberts Family Quilt

Charles HammellComment

In 2011, I had the privilege of making the acquaintance of the American Quilt Study Group. The Study Group had an interest in several quilts belonging to the Historical Society of Moorestown. At the Study Group’s request, these quilts were displayed in an exhibition in Cherry Hill hosted by the American Quilt Study Group Seminar. It was an honor to spend an evening with these folks and to benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

The Hooton/Warrington Family Signature Quilt aka Roberts Family Quilt became an object of intrigue at the exhibition, due to the fact that a number of signatures were not legible. The Study Group members provided several suggestions. Take close up photos of the signatures. The writing would become clear through the photographs. Also, make a grid of the signatures exactly as they appear on the quilt. In this way, the relationships between the signers would become apparent.

As I photographed the signature blocks, I developed the desire to get to know the signers. Many of the names were already familiar to me. I wondered, which names were family members and which were friends.

 I devised a chart to list the signer’s name, the content of the signer’s signature, the signer’s dates and where they were from, the family members of the signers and other pertinent information. There were 90 signatures in all. As a result, some very fascinating information surfaced. Even though the Hooton/ Warrington Family were Quakers, not all the signers of the quilt were Quakers. The wedding between Anna Warrington and Joseph Hooton took place in Moorestown, New Jersey on May 25, 1843 but a number of the signers were from other regions. Some blocks date as early as 1841 and others as late as 1844. Men, women, and youths signed the quilt. There were commemorative signatures by grieving mothers for their children who did not survive childhood.

Many of the signers of this quilt read like a Who’s Who of movers and shakers of the time. What a remarkable assemblage of diverse luminaries! Some of the signer’s relationships of note include: The builder of Matlack’s Store at the corner of Main & Chester Avenues in Moorestown, a daughter of the Emlen Brewery business in Philadelphia, the owner of Woodlawn Estate which was part of Mount Vernon purchased from a Custis Descendent, a wife of a silversmith in Lancaster, PA, and also a daughter of a Revolutionary War Captain, the owner of a glassworks in Millville, New Jersey and also administrator for an evening school for colored men in 1832 and the Institution for Poor Quaker Children in 1839, both in Philadelphia, a sister of the original owner of Bethlehem Steel, a teacher of a Quaker School for Seneca Indians in New York State, the woman who established Moorestown Boarding School for Girls, a sister of the founder of Swarthmore College and University of Maryland, an identical signature which can be found on the back of the face of the Peter Stretch clock at the Smith Cadbury Mansion in Moorestown, New Jersey, a wife of a minister of a Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and also head of Young Ladies Seminary in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, a woman Quaker minister, the Editor of “The Friend” Quaker newsletter.

The quilt was made for Anna Warrington and Joseph Hooton to commemorate their marriage. Sadly, they had no children. The question as to how the quilt arrived with the Roberts Family could possibly be answered by this explanation. Elizabeth West Hooton, sister of the groom, married Elisha Roberts. Since Anna and Joseph Hooton had no children, it is likely that the quilt was given to Joseph’s sister Elizabeth West Hooton Roberts family, and the quilt descended through the Roberts Family before it was donated to the Historical Society of Moorestown.




The Year of the Monkey

Charles HammellComment

My hipster son tells me that printed cloth pillow animals are the rage in Brooklyn. That’s interesting to me because they were all the rage during the end of the 19th century.

Arnold Print Works, now Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, located in North Adams, Massachusetts, was a Victorian manufacturing company. During the Civil War, the factory supplied cloth for the Union Armies. After the war, the company produced printed fabrics and also cut & sew dolls and animals. Celia Smith and her sister in law Charity Smith of Ithaca, New York drew the designs for these toys and patented their work. With offices in New York City and Paris, Arnold Print Works was one of the world’s leading producers of printed textiles. Trendy even then!

The monkey on our son’s shoulder is a lithograph on cotton.  It features the front, back and base of the toy with printed assembly instructions included on the cloth. There is also a printed patent on the cloth and on the base of the monkey. The seamstress would simply cut out the pieces, stitch the front to the back, stuff it, then cut a cardboard piece for the bottom and insert it before stitching the base in place. The cardboard enabled the toy to stand freely.

I’m sure if I were a child during Victorian times, I would dearly love to have a beautiful life like toy such as Jocko the Monkey. And so, uncut Arnold Print Works pieces are difficult to find. The border of this piece is irregular since it was taken from a bolt of cloth much the way we obtain fabric in stores today. The printing and coloration are crisp and clear with defined stipple effect to emphasize shading. This textile is in excellent condition and from a fine collection. The frame is modern. The price is $375. free shipping in the US. Happy New Year!

The WAS aka Winter Antiques Show 2016

Charles HammellComment

The Winter Antiques Show on Park Avenue has come and gone. I am late posting about this terrific show due to Blizzard Jonas which dumped over 20" of snow on the entire mid Atlantic region on January 23, 2016. I shoveled valiantly for a total of seven hours,but, was not able to venture to the Big City to visit my colleagues the opening weekend. And so, after hosting a baby shower in Times Square for our long awaited grandbaby the following weekend, Charlie and I finally managed to make a break for the Park Avenue Armory and take a look around the Winter Antiques Show. Below is a sampling of items at the show:

Charlie made a beeline to the back of Pat Bell and Edwin Hild's impressive booth.

More of Pat & Ed's booth -Olde Hope Antiques

Olde Hope Antiques

Wonderful colors- Olde Hope Antiques

Elle Shushan's enchanting booth of miniatures

I love wallpaper!

Kelly Kinzle's booth & wallpaper, oh, and amazing weathervane!

Kelly Kinzle taking stock of the situation

In Kelly Kinzle's booth - one of my favorite signs at the WAS

So cool! A fireman's trumpet from Kensington, Philadelphia, PA - Kelly Kinzle

A booth full of Grandma Moses. Every bit as impressive as the Bennigton Museum's collection of Grandma Moses paintings. I am sorry to say, I failed to record the dealer's name.

Charlie loved this booth. The decorator managed to simulate a NYC apartment with well lit views of the city through faux windows.

David Schorsch's colorful booth

This sign! David Schorsch

A 200 year old clock built and owned about 25 miles away from where I spent my childhood. David Schorsch

Rare canon weathervane- David Schorsch



Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms

Charles HammellComment

This is an outstanding collection of a broad spectrum of mostly American decorative arts, spanning the 17th through 19th centuries, with a few modern pieces for good measure. Irvin and Anita Schorsch carefully culled a museum worthy trove of material treasures, placed them in period settings and lived with and enjoyed these pieces throughout their lives. On January 20-22, 2016 these choice delights will be available for purchase at Sotheby’s in New York City. The catalogue for this event is magnificent. There is also an online link -

This past weekend, Charlie & I traveled to New York to preview this event. I encourage you to stop by and visit the 4th and 5th floors of Sotheby’s at 1334 York Street this week to view this extraordinary collection before it is dispersed.

Here are a few highlights:

Chippendale Mahogany dressing table owned by Major General Anthony Wayne of Pennsylvania

Charles ll Needlework Casket

Chippendale Mahogany Bonnet Top High Chest owned by the Potts Family of Pennsylvania

American, circa 1763, Margaretha Sigel with a Lamb

Saltonstall-Lyman Family Pilgrim Century Cupboard, circa 1680

English Cut Glass Three Tier Epergne, late 18th century

William & Mary line and berry inlaid walnut chest, Southeastern Pennsylvania, circa 1720

One of three wonderful quilts

Selection of Fire buckets

Jonathan and David by Edward Hicks dated 1847

Jaw dropping woodwork!

Thomas Stretch tall case clock, Philadelphia 1720

Sweet Staffordshire Earthenware Dovecote, circa 1755

And soooooo much more!!! I did not post my favorite 'favorites' so you won't bid against me ( wink wink)

My Thoughts on Southwest Jewelry

Charles HammellComment

Recently, one of my consignors handed me a box of jewelry and said, “I want to sell this.” This, being, her collection of sterling and turquoise pieces she had accumulated on her frequent trips to the Southwest.

I began collecting Taxco, Mexico sterling bracelets a few years ago so I was open to learning more about Southwest jewelry.

My consignor’s jewelry is mostly sterling, turquoise and coral. There are rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Some pieces are older and unmarked. Other pieces were made more recently and branded with the word ‘sterling’ along with the name, initials, or symbol of the maker. All of the pieces are lovely and creative wearable art.

Many of the pieces were owned and treasured by tribal members and worn for ceremonies and family gatherings. These pieces could have been used as collateral when times were tough and money scarce. The owners may not have been able to pay their debt and so the jewelry was made available to the open market.

The recent pieces were probably specifically made for tourist trade. The stamped word ‘sterling’ found on some of these pieces could date them to the 1940’s.

I highly recommend Barton Wright’s informative book, “Hallmarks of the Southwest.” It is a Schiffer encyclopedia type book filled with biographical entries, symbols, shop marks and more.

Please take a look at these beautiful handcrafted pieces for sale on our website under the heading Southwest Jewelry and contact us.

The New Jersey State Museum

Charles HammellComment

I had long anticipated the trip to the New Jersey State Museum because I knew that New Jersey contributed a great deal to early American material culture. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with the third floor display room which specifically housed New Jersey affiliated examples of early culture. I was hoping for more indigenous pieces and in depth explanations.However, there were enough pieces to pique my interest. I spent about 45 minutes on the third floor. Here is a sampling of the items on view:

Kast circa 1775 by James Garretson

Copper Locomotive Weathervane circa 1912

Jacqurd Coverlet by Nathaniel Young Bergen County 1834

 Signature Quilt for Hannah Hoyt, teacher from New Brunswick, made by her students in 1845

Inside tavern sign circa 1800 depicting the border war between New Jersey and New York

Vase made at the Trenton Potteries, 1904

Map created in 1778

George Ohr water cooler, 1900

Children seemed to enjoy themselves here so by all means bring them along. Do allow extra time for parking. The lot behind the museum is not available to the public. You will need to park down the block in the underground garage. It took us about half an hour to park and find our way out of the garage and into the museum. On departure, it took another twenty minutes to find the correct exit to the garage.