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…

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,


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