Discoveries at Old as Adam, March ’17

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

Despite being buried in snow on Ceres Street this winter, I’ve found some great things over the past few months. And with the snow finally melting from the sidewalk, spring and the antiques season in New England is about to bloom, as the things collected throughout the winter come to market. Stop by Old as Adam in Portsmouth to see the many goods gathered and the new items found and added to the shop every day. (Scroll down for images and more.)

New acquisitions in antiques include a rare Victorian under-the-sea fishing game, a 1930s figural Art Deco coffee shop sign, a remarkable Folk Art 19th century mirror surmounted with a rising sun, a verdigris copper banner weathervane (pierced with the letter “R”) in a rare size and form c. 1880s, a Folk Art carved trompe l’oeil hearse panel c. 1860s, various vintage toys including 1920s tin cars with great patina, an exceptional Victorian Modern Gothic roll top desk with inset tiles, an early 19th century hide-bound cylindrical traveling chest, a 1920s plaster medical model of a skelatal foot, Art Deco cocktail paraphernalia, three delightful original gouache paintings done by a commercial artist named Betsey Smith in the 1950s, a rare hand-colored view of the Star Island chapel, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, new threads include tweeds for the last weeks of a chilly spring, vests from the 1880s through the 1950s, a vintage 1920s baseball uniform, a variety of hats (alas, small sizes) with several Lock fedoras and caps, an amazing sealskin-lined Persian lamb shawl-collared overcoat tailor dated 1915, suits including a fantastic 1940s double-breasted pinstripe, a selection of choice neckwear including silk ascots, many fun cuff links and tie bars (including cuff links made from ancient Greek coins), and much more. Spring will bring cotton shirts and lightweight blazers to the shop in short order!

Old as Adam is also pleased to announce our third Provenance Prize, a literary contest on the art of imagining the lives of antiques. The subject is an object from the Old as Adam collection: a small hand-blown bottle in the form of a woman, c. 1920s (pictured below). The history of the piece is lost. Write that history. Who made it? Who owned it? What has it seen? What does it symbolize for you? Submissions should (theoretically) take the form of short fiction or poetry 500 words or less, but I won’t place limitations on creative work as long as it involves imagining an object’s past. Deadline June 1. Over $200 in prizes include a $100 gift certificate to Old as Adam for the winner. Click here for the details.

See something you like but can’t make it into the store? Old as Adam ships worldwide. And as always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular?Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

Looking forward to ice cream season and seeing you on Ceres Street soon!

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, December ’16

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

Snow is flying on Ceres Street this wintry day and so is the time before the holidays. Visit Old as Adam to see the December collection of festive and fun gifts for everyone on your list.

New acquisitions in antiques include a rare framed 1903 bird’s eye view map of Lake Winnipesaukee, other New Hampshire maps and books including a fine leatherbound 1860 volume on the White Mountains, architectural salvage pieces, fun vintage tin and wooden toys, a 1930s hand painted “Drive in Meals Served” diner sign, antique 18th century keys and locks, cigar and smoking accessories, a variety of handsomely bound antique books, games including a choice chess set, accessories for the bar including a fine horn and sterling silver bottle opener, rare early ephemera from the golden age of steamship travel, several exceptional nickel plated store mirrors c. 1900, a collection of turn of the century Christmas postcards, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, new items include festive vests, blazers, and neckwear for the holiday, leather goods such as billfolds and valises c. 1890s-’20s, early 20th century hats including bowlers and toppers, fine walking sticks, a collection of new old stock watch fobs c. 1910-’20s, a variety of ties c. 1930s-’60s, a good selection of outerwear to bundle up in, several Ivy Style three-piece suits c. 1960, a great 1940s ski sweater with patches, Pendleton and other wool shirts, a 1940s Harris Tweed kilt jacket and vest, many dapper cuff links and tie bars, and much more.

See something you like but can’t make it into the store? Old as Adam ships goods in the U.S. and beyond. And as always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout. I have much more in stock tucked away so it’s always worth asking for that obscure item on your holidy gift list.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, October ’16

img_4571Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

It’s autumn at Old as Adam—my favorite season—and that means the tweeds, woolen neckties and hunting jackets have returned—and all the quirky, creepy things I’ve squirreled away all year for Halloween. Venture down Ceres Street if you dare to see the smart (and the strange) goods stocked for fall.

New acquisitions include an unnerving 1910s entomological chart, a handsome large oil on canvas of steel works by a WPA-era artist, a rare serpentine chain-link WWI saw, a bold Tramp Art frame in old green paint, a collection of turn of the century general store candy jars, curious 19th century fraternal paraphernalia, a rare Wheeler Reflector Co. mirrored shade among other examples of early lighting, an original 19th century phrenology head (helpful when pinpointing your “Animal Propensities”), some fun antique toys, several early 20th century Harvard pieces, scores of antique books, the annual collection of weird wonderments for Halloween, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, it’s tweed time, with new finds including 1940s-’60s Harris Tweed jackets, 1950s and ’60s Ivy-style suits, Victorian men’s frock coats and a rare sack suit, many fine silk repp and woolen ties c. 1930s-’60s, 1950s hunting jackets, several fun 1940s and ’50s sweaters, outerwear including duffle and Navy pea coats, Pendleton and other wool shirts, fantastic 1960s Princeton reunion jackets, fun cuff links and tie bars, several pairs of rare 19th century sunglasses, and much more.

And we have a hand in a few upcoming events…

“UNROLLING EGYPTOMANIA”
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm 
 “The Castle” at Boston University

Old as Adam is pleased to help organize an extraordinary event hosted by the Archaeology Department at Boston University. Asked to dress in period-appropriate 19th century evening wear, guests are invited take part in the morbid spectacle of a Victorian mummy unrolling. A recreation of an Egyptian mummy (not an actual mummy) and ancient artifacts will be part of the demonstration. The aim to capture the essence of 19th century Egyptomania and prey upon the morbid curiosity of guests, who will wear the shoes of Bostonians who witnessed the original unwrappings over 150 years ago.  Confronted with an act of flagrant cultural vandalism, guests will be asked to reflect on the lines between science and entertainment and the long shadow of imperialism, blurring the intellectual and moral boundaries between the present and past to better perceive cultural appropriation and the role of archaeology today. The period performance will be accompanied by a contemporary academic presentation concerning the evolution of archaeology as a science, ethical concerns in the field, and Egyptology as a discipline. The event is sold out, but I have a few tickets set aside. If interested, please contact me ASAP. Here’s a link to the event.

The Portsmouth Tweed Ride
Sunday, November 6, 12:00 pm — Market Square in Portsmouth

Pedal your vintage bicycle and wear your finest tweedy sporting attire on this dapper and dashing annual ride on the New Hampshire seacoast. With a historic election at hand, this year’s Ride will will culminate in a raucus rally in Market Square to elect Boss Tweed. Learn more here.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveres at Old as Adam, September ’16

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

Summer has already flown by, and I’ve hardly had a moment to share all of the splendid things that have come and gone during the busy season. But finally, after several unconscionably hot months, tweed weather is upon us. I’m just back from Brimfield with many new finds and have stocked the store for autumn.

New acquisitions include a collection of antique folk art carved stone books, an orchestra’s dance placards c. 1870s, several antique globes, a rare 1920s milk glass electrified vanity mirror, an Art Deco black glass and sterling silver tropical fish hood ornament c. 1920s, an exquisite early 20th century hand-blown perfume bottle in the shape of a woman, a rare 1930s Art Deco male hat advertising figure, an Indian folk art weathervane, a remarkable wrench-driven copper and brass cocktail shaker, a WWII-era carrier pigeon carrier, a collection of WWII Portsmouth Naval Shipyard memorabilia, a variety of antique signs, a hand-carved walnut owl shelf clock c. 1900, an exceptional Victorian tramp art mirror, a selection of restored antique typewriters, a handsome Victorian 1890s desk ready for such a typewriter, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, the fall collection is on the racks, with new finds including fine 1940s-’60s Harris Tweed jackets, an variety of 1920s-’50s letter sweaters (including a 1940s UNH), a selection of lightweight 1950s and ’60s outerwear, many fun vests c. 1880s-1960s, Pendleton and other wool shirts, a couple spiffy 1950s smoking jackets, 1910s-’20s collarless shirts, 1880s-1960s hats including fedoras, bowlers, and toppers, 1930s-’60s neckties, ascots and silk scarves, eclectic cuff links and tie bars, men’s eyeglasses frames 1820s-1960s, and much more.

A few calendar updates:

Find Old as Adam at the Rhinebeck, NY Antiques Show on October 8-9. I’ll be showcasing some of my best pieces at this two-day show with 125 dealers. Learn more by clicking here.

The date for the annual Portsmouth Tweed Ride is not yet established, but be sure to attend the ride organized by our Bostonian friends on Sunday, October 23. Here are the details.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, June ’16

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

It’s hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is already just around the corner. Visit the Portsmouth, New Hampshire store this holiday weekend to see the many new finds I’ve gathered as summer gets underway in New England. Read on to learn about the latest acquisitions and upcoming events.

New acquisitions include an 1880s butcher’s trade sign, a Victorian locksmith’s trade sign, an antique silk Masonic apron and other fraternal objects, original hand-painted tennis-themed 1940s necktie designs, a 19th century architect’s model, a late 19th century copper horse weathervane, several antique spyglasses, a handmade guillotine cigar cutter, an exceptional hourglass, an 1890s mechanical horse racing game, vintage cocktail paraphernalia, several folk art carvings, a 1930s life ring from the yacht “Memories” of Boston, sculptural nautical fragments brought up from the sea floor, antique books, several clocks, exceptional photography, and much, much more.

In the Menswear Department, the summer collection is on the racks and going fast, with new finds including 1960s madras sport jackets, linen jackets from the 1930s-1950s, new old stock cotton 1950s shirts, cotton summer bow and straight ties, several fancy vests c. 1890s, 1920s collarless cotton shirts, a few great cowichan sweaters featuring nautical and golf designs, summer hats including a variety of 1920s-50s straw boaters, accessories including fun cuff links, tie bars and money clips, several choice 19th century straight razors, a collection of pocket compasses, 1910s-1960s vintage men’s eyeglasses frames, and much more.

Find Old as Adam at the Brimfield, MA antiques markets this July at Heart of the Mart on Wednesday, July 13. I will be selling antiques in the “E Tent” at the left corner at the far back of the field. My booth will be stocked with many new finds not seen here.

Also, tickets are now on sale for the annual Gatsby on the Isles island jazz age party off of the New Hampshire seacoast. We’ll have a live jazz band, lawn games, dancing, and of course, our annual wool bathing suit beach party. Learn more and purchase day trip or overnight tickets by clicking here.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, April ’16

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

After collecting goods all winter long, it’s finally spring in Portsmouth and Old as Adam comes out of hibernation with a new batch of remarkable finds, quirky antiques and dapper duds. Take a stroll past the tugboats and see the spring collection.

New acquisitions include a 19th century Ottoman porcelain hookah, a rare original late 19th century map of Central Park over six feet long, a folk art sailor whirligig and other nautical finds, several handsome cast iron and wire book stands, a large 1920s carnival coin toss table top, hand-painted wooden signs (including the 1920s cottage name “Camp E-Ta-Lot”), a perfect 1920s nickel plated shaving mirror, a 19th century bust of Charles Dickens among others, a large selection of turn of the century European travel guides with beautiful maps, a collection of antique keys, antique pen and pocket knives, framed full color Victorian house plans, a variety of antique toys, 1930s and ’40s cocktail paraphernalia (including a rare watering can shaker), an exceptional Deco-inspired steamer trunk, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, the store clothing racks have entirely fresh merchandise, with new finds including a variety of vests c. 1910s-1950s, many exceptional neckties and bow ties with names including Liberty of London and Sulka, cotton and wool 1950s and ’60s shirts, several Norfolk jackets, an excellent selection of Harris Tweeds c. 1940s-’60s, fine silk ascots, a Saks sporting jacket c. 1970 with exceptional details, 1950s Navy pea coats, many unusual cuff links, several wrist and pocket watches, vintage straight and safety razors, a few pairs of fine 1920s wire rim eyeglasses, and more.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on Old as Adam at Brimfield and the Sturbridge Vintage Clothing & Textile Show in May!

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

AdamP.S.: Don’t forget to follow Old as Adam on the Face-Book and receive our Instagrams!

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, December ’15

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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Happy holidays from Old as Adam! Christmas is just days away, but no fear, we’ve got just the vintage gift for that discerning dandy or dame on your list. Gift certificates are also available! Visit the Portsmouth shop over the holiday break to see our new stock of one of a kind antique objects and vintage threads.
New acquisitions include a remarkable antique toy carousel c. 1900, a collection of butterflies and moths dating back to the 1880s, various vintage trophys (including hunting, soccer and basketball), large bronze letters from a building facade, an exceptional collection of antique keys, an unusual Victorian stick style mirror and hat rack, a large format antique camera c. 1890, a rare anti-Prohibition “No Beer No Work” pin, a ridiculous 1950s Jockey underwear store display, a fun 1940s Guinness beer advertising sign, not to mention an 8-foot tall revolving and self illuminating 1950s Christmas tree (decorated with 1940s ties), and much more.
In the Menswear Department, new finds include an immaculate early 1950s Harris Tweed three piece suit (size 38) and several other exceptional suits c. 1930s-60s, a 1950s J. Press midnight blue velvet smoker (size 40), overcoats including cashmere, tweed, and Chesterfield styles c. 1920s-1950s, hunting jackets, a 1950s Portsmouth athletic sweater (size small), a mistletoe-green wide wale corduroy suit c. 1970 (size 44), 1940s-50s ski sweaters, vintage bow ties, several fine fedoras c. 1920s-50s, fantastic late ’60s patchwork velvet trousers (waist 32), many cuff links and tie bars, and more.
Old as Adam will be open extended hours for the holidays: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings for all your last minute gifting needs. Gift certificates are always available, and can be delivered via email, post or picked up in the shop at your convenience.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.

Finally, I would like to thank all of my customers for another splendid year in Portsmouth. I appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon in the New Year. Merry Christmas from Old as Adam!
I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam

 

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, November ’15

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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While you’re getting your Thanksgiving menu together, Old as Adam in Portsmouth is preparing a spread of fresh vintage threads and eclectic antiques for your perusal this holiday weekend. Visit us on Ceres Street November 27 for our annual Plaid Friday Sale!
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New acquisitions include a 1920s cast iron comical weathervane of a household blowing away, 1930s wooden Burma Shave signs, curious beaded embroidery of poker with Father Time, handsome industrial 1890s coat rack, fun 1930s hosiery store display, variety of Portsmouth memorabilia including antique prints and paper, vintage cocktail paraphernalia, early 20th century small bronze ship’s wheel and pair of portholes, vintage books for outdoorsmen, assortment of antique lead toy figures, handsome antique turned French chess set, early bone dice, miniature and enormous decks of playing cards, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, new finds include an exceptional 1930s green Donegal tweed suit, two of my favorite new old stock pieces ever (1920s “Bear Brand Hosiery” engineer socks and N.H.-made 1950s “Profile” buffalo plaid hunting shirt), overcoats including cashmere and velvet-collared Chesterfields, variety of vests with several exceptional suede, wool ties from the ’30s through the ’60s, tweed blazers, smoking jackets (including red corduroy and midnight blue velvet), rare fireman’s wool uniform shirt c. 1900, fine silk and wool scarves, seldom seen brown derby c. 1910, fun cuff links and tie bars, and more.

Visit Old as Adam this Friday for Plaid Friday and take 15% off the entire store (20% if your name is Adam). Plaid Friday Seacoast is the colorful, local alternative to Black Friday—a celebration of our unique and creative locally owned businesses who add diversity, care and community to our shopping experience. On Friday, Nov. 27, we join Seacoast Local in encouraging you to shop local, wear plaid, take pics, and post your support at #PlaidFridaySeacoast! Deals in town and around the Seacoast are posted at www.seacoastlocal.org.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout. And if you’re thinking about holiday shopping, I’m happy to help find just the right one-of-a-kind vintage gift for the difficult ones on your list.

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam
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Discoveries at Old as Adam, October ’15

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

Halloween is nigh and an early chill has descended on Ceres Street in Portsmouth. Old as Adam is stocked with all things wicked and warm for October.

New acquisitions include a 1920s row of pidgeon shooting targets, miniature 19th century carved wooden mannequins, framed salesman sample surgical needles, rare Victorian board games including “Errand Boy” and “Fortune Telling,” pair of French 18th century anatomical engravings of the nervous and circulatory systems, exceptional Tramp Art frame, handsome 1920s wooden tugboat model, Halloween oddities and vintage decorations, several fun signs including “Wholesale Tobacco & Candy,” 1930s German aluminum helicopter, antique Portsmouth books and ephemera, and much more.

In the Menswear Department, new finds include Pendleton shirts and jackets for fall, hunting jackets of all kinds, tweed blazers, smoking jackets, fun 1950s and ’60s evening wear worn by a record label executive, WWII cold weather bomber jacket, hand embroidered “Academy of Aeronautics” coveralls,  choice fedoras, exceptional cuff links (of various themes, including many sterling silver pairs), and more.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to see if I’m in the shop or to schedule a visit.

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, August ’15.

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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Summer has flown by in Portsmouth and the shop on Ceres Street has been busier than ever. But as fast as things find homes I’ve replenished the collection with yet more new finds. Outside of the store (and bow tie) you’ll find me flashlight in hand traipsing through pre-dawn flea market fields for the earlybird treasure or clambering into condemned barns for forgotten hayloft troves. I’ve found some exceptional pieces this summer and continue to add new objects to the collection almost daily.
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New acquisitions include a matched pair of 1840s flintlock dueling pistols, a 19th century peg leg (we’ll say from a pirate), a variety of nautical items including a well-traveled verdigris sextant, bronze yacht hardware, books and more, a French brass spyglass, vintage sailboat weathervanes, an original 19th century cast iron Portsmouth directional sign, a remarkably elaborate English picnic set (including a stove for your tea), an Aesthetic Movement jeweled copper chandelier, an exceptional 1920s stone lithograph poster for the broadway production of “Cheaper to Marry,” a Victorian gilded Odd Fellows wooden hourglass, a handsome 1920s dolphin-handled motoboat racing trophy, a 1930s American Optical milk glass topped cast iron table, a fun kitschy 1940s Rockola jukebox fragment, a 1930s neon spinner clock advertising Royal Typewriters, an enviable Art Deco golf trophy, a red wooden airplane prop, and much more.
In the Menswear Department, new finds include a satin jockey’s uniform, a 1920s green striped club jacket, a 1950s Phillips Exeter varsity jacket, 1950s and ’60s long and short sleeve cotton shirts, snappy vests, a variety of self-tie bows, hunting jackets for the fall, many natty hats, including a variety of fedoras, porkpies, bowlers, toppers and panamas, always new cuff links and tie bars, and more. And I’m still sifting through the 1920s Chicago men’s jewelry store trove, all new old stock: dozens of silver plate Art Deco belt buckles, turn of the century locket watch fobs, pens and pencil sets in original boxes, 1940s wristwatches new in box, and more.
The next month promises to be eventful with several upcoming shows, including the Sturbridge Vintage Fashion & Textile Show (9/7), Brimfield (in the May’s field, 9/10), and back to New York at the NYC Big Flea (9/26-27).

Also! This Saturday is our third annual Jazz Age party on Star Island, “Gatsby on the Isles.” We’ll have a jazz band, lawn games, a swing dance, and more at an iconic New Hampshire historic island hotel ten miles out to sea. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

As always, if you’re visiting Portsmouth and can’t make it during regular store hours on the weekends, feel free to email or call to schedule a visit.

Looking for something in particular? Click here to send me a note and I’ll be on the lookout.
I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam
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