Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
A brisk wind, the leaves catching color, a faint smell of woodsmoke in the air: Tweed weather is upon us once more. Summer ’14 was a lively one, but Old as Adam welcomes autumn with pleasure on Ceres Street in Portsmouth.
New acquisitions include a wonderful collection of canes (including a bulldog with ivory ears), a large-format 19th century photograph of a Portland, Maine engine, a period bicycle shop sign c. 1910, heart shaped leather and brass bridle mounts, a photograph of the Yale University 1908-’09 orchestra, an 18th century oil on canvas portrait of a scholar, a variety of globes from the early 20th century to the 1930s, boxing folk art, a striking Victorian oversized two-volume set on Egypt, a 1920s miniature roulette wheel, a whimsical photograph of the class of 1917 Columbia University engineering program, colorful 1930s rubber African animals, and much more.
New in the Menswear Department, find a handsome selection of vintage tweeds, many pairs of cufflinks, Pendleton shirts and shirt jackets (or “shackets,” as dubbed by a clever customer), hunting jackets dating back to the 1930s, a variety of unique vests (several reversible), bow ties, a 1920s Somerville baseball uniform, and the best selection of fedoras we’ve ever had in the store, with practically every size and style, dating as far back as 1910.
I have done a great deal of hunting recently and have turned up some exceptional finds, such a number in fact the majority remain out of view, waiting to make it into the shop. Stop by and you’ll always find something new; I add to the collection almost daily and will soon unveil the October inventory, the collection of all things strange and spooky I’ve been adding to all year.
Lastly, I cordially invite you to celebrate two years of Old as Adam with us on Ceres Street this week. Champagne, hors d’oeurves, and maybe a black tie or two will mark the occasion this Sunday, September 28 at 5pm.
I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,