Americana AntiquesAntiques Americana
To the north of Boston
Just 45 minutes by car from Boston to the north of Massachusetts, for at least twenty years a very prosperous area for antiques has developed: the county of Essex. Today, the town of the same name houses an impressive number of antique shops in its municipality and it can be said that there is the highest concentration of antiques in the United States on a single square mile.
The antique shop began in Essex after the Second World War, when traders were born and joined others who already had a shop. Situated on the north coast, Essex is part of the beautiful historic resort of Cape Ann. Here you will find fabulous shops like the White Elephant on both sides of the main street.
Thirty-three di Essex, one street relative squeak. Dassex claims to be the "antique capital of the world", and that's true. There are 200 inhabitants, but there are at least thirty shops and antique dealers! Whether for 19th century American furniture or a piece of Italian Renaissance furniture, every antique is unique and never leaves you disappointed.
The shops are also convenient from a price of $10 up to refined goods, with genuine pieces of high quality. The Scrapbook Shop specialises in antique cards and decorative works of art on paper from 16 to 19 December. From Winslow Homer's original wood carvings to early 19th century prints, children's book illustrator Kate Greenaway and the Mercator map of the 17th Western Hemisphere, you'll find them hanging on the walls of the White Elephant Shop alone.
If you head south to the river, you'll find David Nelligan Antiques, home to valuable antiques, both beautiful furniture. A neoclassical Italian gold mirror is simply hung on the wall, not far from a French miniature mahogany table from the 19th century. For at least forty years, Ken Monroe has been in the city and runs Americana Antiques, which specialized in American furniture from 1800 to 1915, mainly oak, pine, cherry and chestnut.
Andrew Spindler Antiques crosses the river with a more minimalist approach. Instead of collecting antiques, he combines them in an original style and gives them an aesthetic and creative disposition: he has been working at Essex for at least ten years. At Ellen Neily Antiques he concentrates on American furniture, cutlery and chinoiserie of the 18th and 19th centuries, and behind every piece there is a hidden history.
Captain's crates used, for example, to write letters on sea voyages, or a complex yarn from the middle of the 19th century and a woman's door from Salem, Massachusetts sewn in the 1800s: these are just a few of the many gems. Next door, on the first floor of the North Hill Antiques workshop, Sylvia and David Kaplan sell mainly European antiques, French chairs from the 19th century, a Belgian tapestry from the late 19th century and a walnut carved basket of English origin from the 17th century are just some of the many examples.
For something exclusive you should rely on Alexander Westerhoff Fine Antique Furnishings. Inside the shop, which already has an elegant atmosphere, there is a mixture of American and European antiques, with candlesticks and candlesticks. A unique curiosity is a chestnut bench from the middle of the 19th century, used at Harvard University until the 20th century, complete with writing the scores of the match between the American Harvard Yale teams soccer.