Discoveries at Old as Adam, March ’17


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,


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