This week I chose something that meets some of my must have criteria for me to consider it to be a great antique. Some of those benchmarks for me include scarcity, size, color, surface and eye appeal. It’s a forgone conclusion that everything that makes something a pick of the week has eye appeal. If it is hard to look at, no one would pick it. Anyone of us who has dealt with antiques for more than a day has the stories of something that was really ugly. That giant moose of a desk, the painting that makes you gasp, the piece that totally falls apart from just a mere glance of your eye. So, for me the eye appeal comes first, then it has to meet a second point. My pick this week checks off two more of the must have boxes, color and surface. Lot 246 in the May 4th, Americana sale has great color with a fantastic old dry surface. This Sheraton mirror retains the original green and gilt painted surface that just screams Americana. At 10” high and 7 ¾” wide it is very cute as a mirror but the frame begs to have a fantastic Pennsylvania pen and ink fraktur hanging inside. So, mirror, mirror on the wall, who will buy you as one of the fairest of all.
by: Jamie Shearer