By Linda Kunkel – Associate Editor
One thing seemed obvious to Jon Jenkins, co-promoter with Kay Puchstein of the Music Valley Antique Show. Not only did the number of people in attendance seem to be up from the previous year, but the number of people buying appeared to be up as well. “I’m very happy,” he said, “that no dealers are unhappy.”
This show is one of three that takes place in Nashville in the spring, this one at the Radisson Hotel. There were lots of questions about what the fall shows will look like, since one of the three, Heart of Country, will move its fall edition to Dallas, Texas, for the fall event only. Jenkins said between Music Valley and Tailgate (also owned by Jenkins Management) they have a great infrastructure in place, and in the past, they’ve faced lots of challenges and geographics. So rather than re-invent the wheel, plans are to have a special venue in a Victorian tent for the October show, since the Radisson will not be available. It’s not just any tent — it was used previously by Donald Trump and is the size of a football field — and plans are to have it walled and papered for dealers, and set up behind the Fiddlers Inn Motel, just across the street from the Radisson.
Those who have followed the Nashville market will recall that the Jenkins used a tent four years ago, and have had great dealer response to it. The firm had considered a Dallas location for the fall show, but nixed it because of “the inability to find a facility that we thought would work,” said Jenkins. “If we can’t answer the questions ourselves about ‘will this work?’,” he said, “how could we ask our dealers?” One additional change to the fall shows will be the dates, both Music Valley and Tailgate will be three-day events Oct. 26-28.
The spring 2006 Music Valley Show was, as Jenkins noted, well attended and an enjoyable show to shop. Moving from booth to booth, it seemed like there was always one more special piece to be found.
At every show, there’s always at least one dealer who has an outstanding presentation in their booth, and at this show it was Cabin in the Woods, by K.C. and Cheryl Jones of Bellevue, Mich. With burlap on the walls and primitive accessories everywhere you looked, it felt like you were in a backwoods cabin when you walked in the door. Highlights here included a three-board farm table, utensils, an old bee shop skep, a painted desk, a tobacco twist, shooting bags, a gourd flask, an early tin canteen, and a grouping of handmade painted-face dolls, which were rag stuffed. The couple has been in the antiques business for 20 years, primarily doing shows.
Patricia Kaler and D. Edwards Seidel of Lewisburg, Pa., had a large face jug by Albert Hodge, whom they considered a renegade potter, for $295. They also displayed a child’s cupboard with tin top, which came out of Pasinnous, Pa., and was originally made for two sisters, circa 1930-1940. One corner of the cupboard was repaired, and the green paint had been touched up, so it was priced at $800. It was thought to be Sellers and was unusual. There also was interest in a gameboard in their booth, mid- to late 1800s.
According to Seidel, it had super paint and was gorgeous, with three colors. He said they bought it in Indiana and it hasn’t been seen in the market for 45 years. It was done on an old bread board back.
Robert and Kay Viola of Primarily Primitives Antiques, New Hope, Pa., brought a sage green cupboard with raised panel doors, found on the Massachusetts North Shore, dated circa 1850, and priced at $4,200.
John and Virginia Dahlfred of Manchester Antiques, Londonderry, N.H., perched an outstanding New England double-sided watchmakers sign with original painted zinc face in the window of their booth. It was 19th century, and John said he just got the piece from a 20-year collection.
Tricia of the The Red Door Antique Mall, Eddyville, Ky., set up at Music Valley for the first time, and brought an 1860 four-drawer primitive chest. The mall opened in April 2004 in Eddyville. Before that, she had a shop in Mount Vernon, Ill., for five years.
Steve and Rita Carnine of Car 9 Antiques, Ankeny, Iowa, are dealers of 18th- and 19th-century American country furniture, textiles, folk art, accessories and early toys. In their booth at Music Valley were several dolls, many of which were oil painted cloth dolls. They included a 35-inch oil painted cloth doll priced at $4,400, an early oil painted cloth doll for $2,800, an oil painted cloth doll with wool jacket and socks sewn on for $1,695. Of particular interest was a Columbian Doll created by Emma E. Adams of Oswego, N.Y., in 1892. It was hand-painted. In 1893, the doll received its name Columbian when it was in the Columbian Exposition of the Chicago World’s Fair. One doll, which sold early, was an Izannah Walker made in Central Falls, R.I., which was the first patented doll in the United States, patented Nov. 4, 1873.
Found at a farm auction in southern Wisconsin by Hofer Antiques, of Luana, Iowa, was a wooden pegged step-back cupboard, all original and untouched, dated 1890. It was still in an old summer kitchen when found. Made of pine, it had a screen in the doors on top. The Hofers are 18-year veterans of the Music Valley show.
Jack and Betty Rhodus of Plain & Simple Log House Antiques, Lebanon, Ohio, had a cupboard in original Federal blue paint, which was dry scraped, and of New England origin for $9,700. Their shop is 4 miles north of Lebanon.
Michael Malloy of Michael Malloy Antiques, Dunbarton, N.H., had a big display of furniture, including a 77-inch tall chest, 36 inches wide, which he sold early, and said is going to Missouri. Other sales included a chair table, a number of paintings, several sets of chairs, and hooked rugs. “My merchandise has a good following,” he said. “It’s my fourth year here.” Malloy also sets up at the Pier show in New York, and the Sturbridge show by Nan Gurley during Brimfield Week.
For more information on the fall shows, contact Jenkins Management, (317) 598-0012.