Upgrade the man cave with Mantiques

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – “Mantiques” found at an antique show can provide a unique opportunity to redesign a first apartment.

“Young men living on their own at college aren’t known for their desire or ability to decorate to impress,” says Jay Melrose, antique show promoter organizing the upcoming All Saints’ Antiques Show in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Melrose explains that a category of antiques he likes to call “mantiques” appeal particularly to the young male buyer. Using them as accents can be transformative in an apartment setting and send a message of security, class and confidence.

“Antiques are furnishings, but they’re also art and investments,” Melrose says.

Five mantiques that Melrose says can help transform a bachelor’s pad are:

1. Glass decanters – American, English or Irish, a cut glass whiskey decanter clearly says we’ve moved beyond fraternity parties and are ready to enjoy a quiet drink for two.

2. Leather-bound books – A set of leather books says everything we read just isn’t available on Kindle. Knowledge can be elusive, and information exclusive.

3. Slant front or butler’s desk – For modern use these desks provide a convenient place to store checkbooks, invoices and mail. Some can accommodate a laptop. The furniture closes up and neatly stays out of sight. Some have drawers for liquor, cell phone chargers and secret compartments.

4. Vintage barometer – A scientific instrument like a barometer is sure to add intelligence to your space. You may also find yourself preoccupied with atmospheric pressure.

“In addition, maps and globes, trays, tea caddys, shaving mirrors and other items can bring sophistication and character to new living quarters,” Melrose says.

The All Saints’ Antiques Show will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center July 29-Aug. 1, 2009. The show is now in its 60th year, sponsored by All Saints’ Episcopal Parish. More information is available at www.rehobothantiques.com.

The show’s sponsor, All Saints’ Church, is the only church in Rehoboth Beach on its original site and maintaining its original design. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places it was constructed in the 1890s to meet the needs of a growing number of Episcopalians migrating to the area.