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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June ’15 Discoveries at Old as Adam

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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Happy Father’s Day from Old as Adam! It’s not too late to find that perfect present for Dad. From the classic (a vintage necktie, 1920s-’60s) to the unconventional (perhaps antique bronze diving boots?) the Portsmouth store is stocked with many new finds, all gathered during my travels around New England.
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New acquisitions include a pair of folk art 1920s doll beachgoers, a 1940s “Port O’ Boston” nautical sign, an unusual antique violin with lion’s head scroll, a folk art carved granite clock (inscribed “Time! Whither Art Thou Flying!”), a handsome early 2oth century japanned barber’s hat rack, a 1920s tin toy horse racing game, an 1890s Carl Zeiss microscope complete in original mahogany case, an impressive tall 1930s “War Canoe” trophy, a large late 19th century antique anatomical chart, several exceptional antique nautical ship’s lanterns, bronze diving boots, a French wire birdcage, a 19th century bone chess set, many books, vintage 1920s-30s restored portable typewriters, hundreds of iron letters from a sign factory, and much more.
In the Menswear Department, new finds include 1920s-’30s linen suits, 1950s-’60s leather jackets, 1960s shirts in nautical pictorials, several vintage 1930s-40s athletic sweaters, exceptional 1920s-’30s ties, straw boaters and panamas, a variety of cuff links and tie bars, a fun vintage polo equipment bag, UNH and MIT gold bullion blazer patches, and much more. And the new old stock from the 1920s Chicago men’s jewelry store just keeps coming: cuff links, watch fobs, pocketwatches, belt buckles – I don’t have space to display it all!
I’m out hunting down the goods just about every day and therefore you’ll always find something new at the shop. If you 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

P.S.: Don’t forget to reserve your tickets for Gatsby on the Isles, our third annual Jazz Age party on Star Island. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.
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Spring Discoveries at Old as Adam, May ’15.

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
Spring is finally here in Portsmouth, and it’s bustling at Old as Adam, with new finds coming in just about every day. I’m presently at wit’s end readying the goods for the Sturbridge Textile Show and Brimfield next week, but wanted to pen a long-overdue dispatch before my departure to the antiques mecca of Brimfield.
New acquisitions include an 1897 Crescent No. 9 gent’s bicycle in original red paint (with tire-activated bell and odometer), large 1920s illuminated milk-glass paneled optometrist’s eye chart, collection of early 20th century nickel-plated standing and wall-mounted scissor mirrors, three wooden patriotic Lady Liberty 1930s store panels, folk art 1890s gun cabinet, art deco bronze elevator directionals (rewired as sconce nightlights), vintage light-up glass globe, 1940s folk art rollerskate box, painted tin relief panel of children and animals c. 1910s, vintage 1920s-30s restored portable typewriters, and much more.
In the Menswear Department, new finds include 1950s and ’60s summer cotton shirts featuring hand-loomed Madras plaids, spring and summer sports jackets (including seersucker and plaid patchwork), a good selection of 1940s-’60s bow ties, choice fedoras (including two exceptional 1940s Borsalinos in 7 1/4), straw boaters and panamas, several 1960s Madras patchwork pairs of pants, a variety of fun cuff links and tie bars, and much more. But the most remarkable discovery this season: a 1920s Chicago men’s jewelry store. New old store stock gold and silver rings, cufflinks, watch fobs, pocketwatches, belt buckles, the list goes on and on. (Check out the photo of the 10K gold USN locket rings.)
Next week is the Sturbridge Vintage Textile & Clothing Show and Brimfield! (For which I’m frantically getting ready.) The Textile Show is Monday in Sturbridge, MA and is a treat to see (click here for details). At Brimfield, I’ll be set up at May’s field on Thursday (space 147) so come visit if you’re checking out the antiques markets.

Old as Adam will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, 5/9 through Saturday, 5/16) for the Brimfield show, but will reopen shortly thereafter stocked with all sorts of treasures for your perusing pleasure.

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

P.S.: Join our vintage bicycle tour of Portsmouth on Saturday, May 16: “The Seersucker Ride” to benefit the Wentworth-Lear Historic Houses. Click here to see our Facebook event page for details here.
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Discoveries at Old as Adam, February ’15

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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Despite four feet of snow burying us on Ceres Street this February, Old as Adam has been haberdashing along, with many splendid new finds over the past month.
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New acquisitions include a collection of original painted 1920s advertising mockups (surreal copy and great subjects: underwear, laxatives, etc.), a collection of 1930s-’40s South American photographs framed with luminescent moth and butterfly-wing mattes, a 1910 signed oil on canvas painting of a moonrise at sunset, a 1940s watercolor of a black labrador, original 1860s pastels of dragons and colorful imagined creatures, a pair of unusual 1920s mercury glass lamps,  pair of Aesthetic Movement pierced brass jeweled lanterns, a 19th century nautical English ship’s log turned Art Deco lamp in the 1920s, a variety of leatherbound 19th century marblelized books, a collection of early 20th c. trophies won by a Harvard athlete, toy cast iron zeppelins, a pair of bronze 19th century cannons, Victorian striped-stockinged wine bottle opener, vintage skiing paraphernalia, unnerving collection of printing blocks picturing knives, a handsome pair of 1920s nickel themoses with leather case, and much more.
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Take a stroll down Ceres Street in Portsmouth to see all of the new finds. Or, if you’re reading this in far-flung lands, I’m always happy to provide additional photos of items and I ship worldwide.
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, January ’15

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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2015 has hardly begun and I’ve already found many extraordinary pieces in the last few weeks (so many I don’t have room to display them all in the Portsmouth store).
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New acquisitions (see images below) include an incredible folk art model biplane c. 1910s with a four-foot wingspan, a 1920s mahogany chess table with marquetry board and glass enclosure, an 1864 oil on canvas of two dapper hunters and their quarry (24″ x 26″), Italian puppet centurions c. 1900, tennis trophies, a variety of fun photography, a hand-painted “Happy Hours” sign, 18th century bone dice and crimson shakers, many beautiful leatherbound books, 1960s Jantzen store display skiers, fun skiing folk art, 1940s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard blueprints, miniature leather boxing gloves, and much more.
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In the Menswear Department, new finds include a variety of fine Harris Tweeds, a classic 1940s UNH sweater, several exceptional corduroy jackets with unique design features, a belted suede Abercrombie & Fitch safari-style jacket, argyle sweater vests, narrow midcentury ties and bow ties, WWII U.S. Navy turtleneck sweaters, a sailor’s suit embroidered with mermaids, vintage pipes, and much more.
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Visit the store in Portsmouth for a cup of tea and to see all of the new finds. If you’re reading this in far-flung lands, I’m always happy to provide additional photos of items and I ship items worldwide.
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Happy New Year from Old as Adam!
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I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam

 

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Discoveries at Old as Adam, December ’14

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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The holidays are already upon us and Old as Adam is looking festive as ever (no “Humbug” sign this year). Looking for a gift for the lady or gent who has everything? Give a present from the past. Venture down Ceres Street in Portsmouth for unique vintage pieces for everyone on your list.
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New acquisitions include exceptional wrought iron standing candelabra, an 1880s midshipman’s bicorne hat and epaulettes, 1920s Christmas stockings made from period Indian-pattern blankets, a fine pair of copper clad “Thinker” bookends, an antique cane topped with a carved nautical ivory seal head, late 19th century Native American snowshoes, original Victorian photographs of Lake Winnipesaukee, vintage toys (including a 1930s Wyandotte dump truck), antique advertising tins turned lamps, midcentury skiing signs, a 1920s model sailboat made from cigar boxes, a “Transfer Ornaments” sign board from a Victorian Portsmouth storefront, nearly a hundred turn of the century Christmas postcards, plenty of vintage Christmas ornaments for the tree, rare Portsmouth memorabilia, and much, much more.
In the Menswear Department, new finds include a fine selection of outerwear (including Harris Tweed, velvet-collared chesterfields, and a brass-buttoned navy Coast Guard overcoat), an array of fun cufflinks and tie bars (including great Leica-style camera cufflinks and several pairs in 14k gold), a cute collection of boy’s clip on bow ties, an exceptional blue and gold 1920s athletic sweater, a variety of Pendleton wool shirts and shirt jackets, self-tie bows from the 1940s-’60s, festive Christmas suspenders and neckwear, and much more.
Stop by the store to see all of the new finds, or if you’re reading this from afar and see something you like, I’m happy to ship items (and we still have time before Christmas). As always, gift certificates are available for the dapper gent on your list.

Happy Holidays from Old as Adam!
I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam
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Happy Thanksgiving from Old as Adam, November ’14

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Dear Friend of Old as Adam,

Winter seems to have arrived early this year and so have the holidays. Good thing Old as Adam has plenty of vintage woolens to bundle up in and dapper and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Happy Thanksgiving from your antiquarian haberdasher on Ceres Street!

New acquisitions include a period 1840s deck cannon, vintage 1920s and ’30s toys including a wonderful hand-carved race car, an exceptional 19th century Portland, ME advertising box with sailor-themed label, unusual antique cribbage boards, a cast iron Hubley fox terrier doorstop, Victorian colored engravings of Boston, an 1860s “Composing and Press Room” sign from a prominent abolitionist newspaper, antique nautical photographs and etchings, a plaster bust of Admiral Richard Byrd from his own Back Bay estate, Portsmouth memorabilia featuring framed 19th century engravings and antique souvenir china, and much, much more.

In the Menswear Department, new finds include outerwear from buffalo plaid to tweed, fantastic cufflinks and tie bars (such as the 1940s Manhattan skyline pictured here), Pendleton wool shirts of every size and color, 1940s bow ties, a number of vests (1890s-1960s, several in suitable holiday colors), military including knapsacks, WWII pea coats and a Cold War-era fur-hooded flight jacket, and much more.

The holiday shopping season seems in full swing already and I for one dread even the mention of that frenzied retail binge called Black Friday. Good thing there’s an alternative: Make it a Plaid Friday instead of a Black Friday and shop at the local independent stores in your town! On Plaid Friday, 11/28, take 15% off the needful haberdashery and antiques at Old as Adam (20% off if your name is Adam or you’re wearing plaid), and when you buy a tie get a tie free.

Purchasing your gifts locally is the best present you can give your community, generating three-times the economic activity where you live compared to shopping the internet giants and boring big boxes. Wherever you live, whichever local retailers you buy from, go Plaid this year instead of Black and support the unique and colorful business and cultural community in your town. Learn more about Plaid Friday deals in the NH Seacoast region here.

Lastly, this holiday season I’m happy to help you hunt for one-of-a-kind gifts for those men (and women) who have everything. Feel free to drop me a note with what you’re looking for or the interests of your giftee, and I’ll be on the lookout for that perfect present. As always, I ship worldwide.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,

Adam

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Happy Halloween from Old as Adam, October ’14

Dear Friend of Old as Adam,
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It’s a dark, stormy night in ghost-ridden Portsmouth and you need to flee the October chill. Good thing the shop is open late. Visit to bundle up in vintage outerwear and peruse the weird and spooky pieces I’ve collected throughout the year. Happy Halloween from Old as Adam!
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New acquisitions (see images below) include 19th century wire and hair Odd Fellows masks, an antique shooting target, a collection of Masonic skull and crossbones, a WWI diorama of a ship torpedoed by a U-boat, an Art Nouveau desk lamp, a 19th century copper arrow weathervane, a collection of vintage leather and wire dog muzzles, a curious 19th century Cheshire cat, terrifying 1930s miniature jewelry mannequins, a carved bone and ivory chess set, a 19th century decanter set hidden in hollowed books, a 1920s Boston Parks Dept. sign, and much, much more.
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I’ve just returned from a buying trip in Chicago where I found some great vintage menswear. New additions include a variety of Pendleton shirts, plaid hunting jackets, sweaters (including an amazing 1950s handmade sailing themed cardigan), several fine vintage tweeds, a number of new hats, handsome vests, and plenty of outerwear for the cold weather to come.
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I’d also like to call your attention to two events sponsored by Old as Adam. Tomorrow afternoon join us at 2:00 at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth for the Tweed Ride, a dapper vintage bicycle ride around town to benefit the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses. Learn more about the ride here. The weather looks perfect, join us!

Second, the deadline for our creative writing contest, the Provenance Prize, is November 1. See the subject and learn more here.

Finally, New Hampshire Chronicle produced a splendid piece on my shop and Gatsby on the Isles which aired several weeks ago. Click here to watch.

Happy Halloween!

I remain, your loyal antiquarian haberdasher,
Adam

 

 

 

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The Portsmouth Tweed Ride, October 25 ’14

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At 2:00pm on Saturday, October 25, join us on a leisurely fall bicycle ride around Portsmouth in your finest fall sporting attire to benefit the Wentworth Gardner House Museum. A $15 donation gets you a nifty pin, your pass for our free tasting and sipping tour of the city.

The Route.

Tweeds will gather at 2:00 pm at Papa Wheelies (653 Islington St. in Portsmouth) which will offer free safety checks and discounted bike rentals. As we wait for the riders to arrive, please help yourself to a complimentary tea or coffee at White Heron just up the street.

The ride itself is about five miles. We’ll pedal first to Market Square, park our bikes for the group photograph and then quench our thirst with a free beverage at Book & Bar. Those desirous of a shorter ride may continue to the Wentworth Gardner, the other Tweeds will briefly pay a visit to Maine before cycling to the museum.

At the Wentworth Gardner House, Tweeds are invited to gather on the lawn and in the barn for seafood chowder provided by Geno’s, sweets by Ceres Bakery, and more. Afterwards, Tweeds may retire to the Press Room for $2 pints of Smuttynose.

Pick up your Tweed Ride pin at the beginning of the ride with your donation of $15 per person (please bring cash or check). All ages are welcome on the ride. Don’t worry if you don’t have the “proper” attire or a vintage bike – it’s easy to put together a snappy outfit, vintage or not, and pedal-powered vehicles of all stripes are welcome.

Please note: If rain, the ride will be cancelled and hopefully rescheduled at a later date.

Don your tweed cap, polish up the Raleigh, and ride with us Saturday, October 25 on the second annual Portsmouth Tweed Ride!

Hosted by the Swell Society: A 20th Century Social Club
Join at the link below to learn of more vintage events on the Seacoast:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/swellsociety/

Sponsored by:

Old as Adam Antiques & Vintage Haberdashery
https://www.facebook.com/oldasadam

Concetta’s Closet – Women’s Vintage Clothing
https://www.facebook.com/concettascloset

Portsmouth Book & Bar
http://bookandbar.com/

Ceres Bakery
http://www.ceresbakery.com/

Geno’s Chowder & Sandwich Shop
http://www.genoschowder.com/

Papa Wheelies Bicycle Shop
http://papa-wheelies.com/

The Press Room
http://pressroomnh.com/

White Heron Tea & Coffee Community
http://www.whiteherontea.com/

Learn more about the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses: http://www.wentworthgardnerandlear.org/

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