Adam Irish
Proprietor, Old as Adam


I’ve had a passion for the material past all of my life. I’ve collected and dealt in antiques for over twenty years (selling my first piece when I was eight). I attended Middlebury College where I studied history, specializing in historical material culture (my senior work was on 1940s and ’50s neckties). After considering a career in law and working in the field for several years, I found my favorite time of the week was attending previews at the auction house down the block. In 2011, I decided to pursue my lifelong passion under the trade name Old as Adam. I opened the Portsmouth store in September 2012. An unrepentant collector, I have eclectic taste but specifically look for folk art and poetic objects, Aesthetic Movement design, antique games, and vintage neckwear. I live and work in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.