Learning More About Early American Antiques

On Sunday, Sharon from The Marston House sent me over to meet with Gail White an antique dealer specializing in Colonial period antiques and accessories. Situated down a side street in Wiscasset with no signs or markings is Gail’s house. Inside her home is filled with chairs, tables, boxes and art—almost everything is for sale. Gail spent over an hour with me describing each piece I remarked on as well as giving me cues on what to look for. Gail will be at the upcoming Antiques in Vermont show in Manchester (Oct. 2) as part of Antiques week. For more info on the show: 802-236-2342.

Below photos I snapped with a super cute and affordable settee and book tips. Thank you to Gail for being so sweet and taking the time to meet with me.

Gail White Early American Antiques
35 Pleasant Street
Wiscasset, Maine
By Appointment Only

Medium stretcher tiger maple and replaced maple top circa 1710-50, MA or Ct.

Early pieces are large (women’s fingers can almost never touch) and heavier because of first growth wood.

An antique brass chamber candlestick I purchased from Gail. She noted the little hook we associate with chamber sticks came later.

On the back of the candlestick are these notes. It was sold in recent auction at Skinner’s as part of Sally Whittemore. The Macon House on the right indicates a tavern. I’m not sure where the Macon House was located.

I spotted this settee as soon as I walked in. Not period but a reproduction Gail picked up about 10 years ago.

The Barrel Settle is available for purchase through theseraph.com in Sturbridge, MA. I would suggest spending some time clicking around on this website; I found some really cool pieces including arm chairs and windsor benches.

Beyond New England Thresholds, Samuel Chamberlain, amazon.com. A great book for inspiration on how to arrange furniture in older homes.

The Impecunious Collector's Guide to American Antiques, John T., Kirk, amazon.com. Gail told me to read this book, “like a novel”.

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  1. I second the recommendation for a trip to The Seraph in Sturbridge. And don’t forget nearby Angel House — also a great source of custom antique reproduction upholstered pieces. We bought a sofa and two wing chairs 3 years ago — love them. Limited fabric selections, but we shipped our choice of fabric to them, they did an excellent job.

    Well worth checking out — much smaller than The Seraph, not a lot of “model rooms” but you can get lots of individual attention.

    who now wants to order furniture, and add fireplaces to her house.


  2. Very nice post, Katy. I LOVE all of Chamberlain’s books; Salem Interiors, in particular, is my bible. He lived in Marblehead for many years, in the Old Town, too, I think.


  3. Love all of this! And I would highly suggest a trip to The Seraph, it’s pretty fabulous (the owner is a friend of my parents’).

    Also, I have seen gorgeous reproduction early American furniture at the Folk Art Festival in Marlboro. (http://www.folkartfestivalofnewengland.com) My stepfather is an exhibitor every year and I often work his booth. I love checking out the vendors and doing some early Christmas shopping. :)