Antiquity – A Hidden Treasure

Posted by  //  January 23, 2019  //  Local Business

By Shannon R. Myers

Nestled in the shadow of the Hotel Groton of Groton, NY, resides a little shop that you just might miss if you aren’t looking. Tucked into the corner at 105 Main Street, Antiquity’s quaint storefront hearkens back to times reminiscent of Charles Dickens; and within this unassuming space is concealed a small treasure trove of antiques.

While Antiquity offers an impressive variety of antiques and collectibles – its walls are graced with prints and paintings by Fox, Chamberlain, Thompson, Audubon, and Parish, as well as many unknowns, and other inventory is on display, including beautiful Victorian mirrors, books, candlesticks, jewelry, lamps, toys, Desert Rose Franciscan ware, and cobalt blue featuring modern tone dish sets – the true treasure to be found within Antiquity’s walls could be described as the largest collection of Elegant Glass of the Depression Era available in one location in Central NY.

Available in nearly every color of the rainbow, Elegant Glass of the Depression Era spans the time period of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, was created by several different companies, and encompassed approximately 60-70 patterns of beautifully etched glass. Antiquity carries a wide selection of these patterns, including about 40 pieces of Orchid, 35-40 pieces of Rose Point, 30 pieces of Apple Blossom, and 50 pieces of Wildflower – and that is barely the tip of the iceberg! A serving set of any one of these styles – or of the many more styles offered by Antiquity – would make an unusual and thoughtful wedding gift, demonstrating quality, craftsmanship, and storied historical value. A nice set can include 8 red wine, 8 white wine, and 8 cordial goblets, and from there, a glass ice bucket, tea cups, a pitcher, fingerbowls, platters, covered candies, and candlesticks can be added. But Elegant Depression Glass is only some of the glass offered at Antiquity – they also have on display beautiful glass Bride’s Baskets, pink Victorian glass from the turn of the century (dated as early as 1910), and over 800 pieces of American Fostara!

Sue Toolan and Harry Jebett are the dynamic friendship antiquing team behind Antiquity’s inventory. Sue Toolan, former owner of the Groton Hotel, sold the Hotel in 2009 and opened Antiquity in 2012. Harry Jebett, a self-proclaimed “bottle person” and member of the Bottle Club of Ithaca, Syracuse, and other areas, came into the shop one day and spied two bottles that had belonged to Sue’s mother. He came into the shop every day until he got the bottles – as well as the opportunity to share his knowledge and choose inventory for the shop.

Sue and Harry both believe that it is knowledge of their wares that sets Antiquity apart from similar businesses. Harry developed a passion for antiques when he was a teenager, and gained selective antiquing skills throughout his entire life. He had several mentors that guided him along the way, those with knowledge about fine antiques, including Bob Allen, Naomi and Ray Armstrong, and Tom Cannelli. These mentors passed their knowledge on to Harry and helped him to develop a discerning eye when it comes to confirming authenticity. He can tell upon examination of an item whether it is authentic or a reproduction. He also does appraisals on occasion. Once a member of 2-3 major co-ops, Harry has participated in the State Fair for 17 years and done 34 shows.

If you are searching for the perfect bridal gift for a couple soon to be wed, your search is over! Nothing can compare in class, beauty, and value to a fine set of Elegant Glass from the Depression Era. Or maybe you know a collector who has a birthday soon – and don’t forget Mother’s Day! Maybe you are looking for a serving set, yourself, to display in your cabinet and to serve guests at get-togethers. Add elegance and class to your service with Elegant Glass from Antiquity!

Stop in and browse at 105 Main Street, Groton, NY, Wednesday through Saturday, 11-4. If you have questions, call Sue at (607) 745-6497 or Harry at (607) 800-1238, and “Like” Antiquity on Facebook!

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