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Buyers were out in force at Country Show
By William Flood

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Buyers were out in force March 17 for the Ohio Country Antiques Show. The biannual shows happen in March and October at the Roberts Centre, midway between Columbus and Cincinnati.

The event, hosted by Queen City Shows originated in 2004 making this the show’s 14th year In the first hour, numerous pieces of furniture, including tables, a desk, and primitive pie safes were being carted to the front by porters for loading into customers’ vehicles. As well, there was a constant stream of people with smalls —everything from ceramics to folk art — heading out to their cars. The show gives testament that country, early American, and quality antiques are still in demand.

Front and center, as visitors walked in the front door, was Cotton’s Antiques from Wabash, Ind.. An unusual piece was a folk art Iron Kachina made by Eduardo Diaz from New Mexico. The piece was 65 inches tall signed by the artist and estimated to be from the mid-20th century. Also in the booth, an 18th-century, New England one-door cupboard priced at $3,900. The piece was constructed with H-L hinges and rose-head nails and stood 6 feet high. Owner David Cotton has been a dealer for nearly 35 years, specializing in rustic furniture. He’s been selling at the Ohio Country show since its inception.

Fort Harmar Antiques from Marietta, Ohio, also had a prime spot adjacent to front entrance. Included among more typical 19th-century items was a pair of Saddle Mates playground rockers — a chicken and a snail — priced at $175 each. Owner David Haney does shows throughout Ohio.

Ray Mongenes is another original dealer with the show. He’s been an antique dealer for about five decades and describes his offerings as a mix of Americana. Among his wares was a marching band drum, dating from the late 19th or early 20th-century, in good condition, priced at $450.

Wayne and Madeline Powell from Sugarcreek, Ohio, are hobbyists who’ve been enjoying the antique trade for five years. Their booth contained many interesting smalls, but a bark canoe for $125 was a standout item. The Adirondack-style piece likely predated the 1940s and appeared hand-made.

Smith/Morgan Antiques’ owner Jonathan Smith labeled his business an American eclectic mix. He and his wife Toni are from Michigan and do shows throughout the Midwest. They have been dealers for eight years and have set up at the Ohio Country Antiques Show for the last three. In their booth was a tin barn cupola with original paint (and bullet holes!) attached to an iron base. It stood about 30 inches tall and was priced at $875.

In the back of the room, Sherri and Jeff Thomas of Sherri’s Antiques from Evansville, Ind., had a very early foot scooter toy, a cousin to both the roller skate and skateboard. The piece dated to the 1920s or 30s and was emblazoned with Dietzen’s Corn Top Bread advertising. It was likely an advertising premium for the company and priced at only $89.99. The Thomas’ were selling at the show for the sixth time and have been in business for more than 30 years. Their specialty areas include country primitives and advertising.

Kentucky dealer Big Creek Antiques was participating in the show for only the second time. Showcased in the booth was an 1850s Ohio-made secretary which set a standard for fine antiques at the show. The secretary was priced at $2,800, beautifully constructed of burled cherry with white pine accents in the interior.

It seemed that all passer-bys stopped at Kent Williams’ booth to ogle an early 20th-century industrial workbench. Kent noted that people like to buy those pieces to use as kitchen islands. The workbench was priced at $1,295 and the industrial stool to go with it priced at $150.

Elsewhere at the event, a wheelbarrow intended for hauling seed, advertising Merrell Company out of Toledo, Ohio, was used as a prop and not for sale. Merrell was a buggy, farm implement, and seed company that operated in northwest Ohio in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The woodware in the cart was for sale, priced from $245 to $275. In another aisle, a vintage hotel sign nodded to 20th-century city life; it was priced at $650. The wood folk art cat below, priced at $750.

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