American antiques were in buyer’s sights at Round Top’s Rifle Hall

43rd year of Texas show holds strong audience for more than 30 dealers

ROUND TOP, Texas – American Antiques at Rifle Hall for the fourth year with Ralph Willard as owner and manager of one of the original antiques shows in Round Top Spring opened Friday, March 25 and ran through Wednesday, March 30, 2011. This gave his event and its exhibitors the early exposure they all felt would enhance their sales overlapping several of the very big shows of the Round Top Antiques Week. Ralph Willard, himself a veteran of this twice-yearly event, has done some tweaking of the show’s dates to allow the visitors more opportunity to visit and hopefully purchase from the great collections of early American antiques and home furnishings, fine art and folk art.

Pat Turner, Lindale, Texas, did well. “We sold a great variety including some of our big pieces like the Southern writing desk in yellow pine,” she said. She also sold a tall step back cupboard in old red buttermilk paint, several advertising displays and a store display yeast cabinet.

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Texan Jean Compton was on the stage with “a little of this and some of that,” or as she described it, “a wonderful African American quilt in bright colors and excellent condition from the 1800s; several early Mammy dolls, textiles, toys and some early furniture.” From Wimberley, Jean maintains a shop and does shows in the Midwest and Southwest, where she can add to her inventory as well as sell from her collection.

Exhibiting at Rifle Hall for more than 30 years, Jean Doty and her husband Roy were reporting that sales “were OK.” Roy said they sold many small antiques including some early chairs, a dome top box and more. They shop in New England each year for their inventory and collection; this year it will include Spring Brimfield with the long drive from their Beaumont, Texas, home.

Woody and Nancy Straub, Umatilla, Fla., were at Rifle Hall in their usual place offering mostly fine American art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Karen Buckingham, a Massachusetts native transplanted to Burleson, Texas, was offering a collection of early painted furniture most of which would be right at home in New England. Bill Kelly, Limington, Maine, sold painted furniture from the 18th century, the wooden paneled wall from an 18th century New England home and accessories of similar style. One pantry box he had sold for serious money becasue it was in excellent condition and paint.

Rita McNair, Foley, Ala., was offering her collection at Rifle Hall where sales included a Southern Pine plantation desk, a set of four arrow back plank seated chairs with some of their mustard paint still evident and a circa 1700 candle stand. A pillar and school clock did not sell, but it was all there including its original wooden works, ready to go for $1,200.

American Antiques at Rifle Hall, as Willard has named it, is accessible from Route 237 just a quarter mile north of the tiny village of Round Top; enter at the large sign, on the east side of the road or about 6 miles south of Route 290.

This fall the dates will be altered slightly with a preview reception on Sunday, Sept. 25, and remain open through Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 allowing it to be open with the early shows while overlapping The Original Round Top Antiques Fair and Marburger Farm shows.

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