Now, it’s fun enough as an antiques and vintage dealer to go out and source great finds for our customers. But it’s also great when someone comes to me with a collection of something fabulous that I can’t refuse, like a series of handmade, mostly regionally made dulcimers, guitars, and ukeleles!
It was time to put on my Sherlock Hat and grab my magnifier and dive into the research. One of the facts I learned is that from 1960’s – 1990’s, AW Jeffeys produced quality Apalachian Mountain Dulcimers on Frederick Street right here in Staunton.
To my delight I discoved a dulcimer maker and his wife, a musician, who kindly came into the shop. Not only did I hear them play dulcimers but they were able to give me so much information about the pieces. Makers’ names, the age of the instruments, the woods, and lots of stories.
Then this week, in walks the daughter of AW Jeffreys after learning that one of Dad’s dulcimers was in our window! What a treat to speak with her and learn more about Apalachian mountain dulcimers! Come on in and I will share the stories that I’ve discovered.
As a little teaser I’ll tell you that we mostly have dulcimers, but there’s also a rare Wulitizer guitar from the 1950s, and a ukelele.
The dulcimer manufacturers include:
- A.W. Jeffreys, Staunton, Virginia.
- Warren A. May, Berea, Kentucky.
- Bruce Scotten, of Scvotten & Lennon, Spring Hill, Tennessee.
- Father Martin Mager, New Hampshire
The instruments are in primo shape and they’re just stunning. As beautiful objects they can be admired for their superior craftsmanship, so they’re worth seeing just for that reason alone.
But if you’re an Appalachian musician you won’t want to miss an oportunity to pick up one of these rare gems. Come by — we’ll be glad to show them to you!
A Sentimental Journey
Another exciting consignment offering this month is a huge collection — nearly 50 pieces — of Lladró, many of which are retired pieces, and are available by the piece, all of which are very reasonably priced.
A Spanish company, Lladró is based in Tavernes Blanques, Valencia, and they’ve been making highly collectible fine art ceramics for almost seventy years. If you’re a fan of using figurines to mark special occasions, rites of passage, or sentiments you’ll love seeing these.
And if you’re already a Lladró collector, you’ll want to make the trip to see these delightful pieces.
I’m including a small gallery of the pieces, but with nearly 50 to see, we recommend you come in to get the full picture (or call us if you’re seeking a specific piece).
In addition to these special consignments, we have our ongoing vendors, all of whom are continually scouting for unique, quality items to fit any decor. So come on in and check ous out — items change daily and it’s always a new experience.
See you in the shop!
–Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center