Antiques aficionados swarm to NH for esteemed show
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A tall-case clock crafted in 1810 was the heart-stopping piece Peter Sawyer of Exeter, N.H. proudly brought to his booth this week at the 54th New Hampshire Antiques Show.
Made of mahogany by Boston clockmaker Aaron Willard Jr., the timepiece was priced at $85,000.
Antiques aficionados began packing the lobby of a Manchester hotel before dawn Thursday, anxious to be among the first shoppers at a show many proclaim to be tops in the country.
Dealers hoped that antiques buyers — as they so often do in down economic times — would spring for special, pricey items as investments.