Donations are coming in from all over the country—from dealers and collectors alike—for the 9th annual Silent Auction benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association being held at Pewter & Wood Antiques in Cave Creek on Saturday, March 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.
An Open House will take place the same day from 1 to 4 p.m. at the shop, which is located at 40417 N. 64th Place. Refreshments will be served. An April Open House will also be held on Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Selections from Pewter & Wood’s inventory and Owner Barbara Boardman Johnson’s own collection will also be in the auction. Barbara is still accepting donated antiques—preferably from the 19th to early 20th Century—and reproductions. Donors will be given receipts for tax purposes. Donated items need to be in by March 9 or sooner, if possible, and Barbara will provide pick up if needed.
The silent auction is open to the public. A catalog of auction items, including photos and descriptions, will be available by March 16 on the shop’s website at www.pewterandwoodantiques.com. Call-in bids for auction items will be welcome during the auction. All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter for research. Payment from successful bidders must be by check payable to the Association.
To date, antiques waiting to be auctioned off on March 21 include: circa 1880s raised panel knee hole desk; blue wooden foot warmer; circa 1850s original paint pantry boxes; child’s rocking chair and matching foot stool, circa 1860s; mid-1800s standing model cabbage shredder; and an 1880s coffee grinder. Also, contemporary hooked rugs by Claire Murray from a New Hampshire home; 19th Century rocking chair; chocolate mold; Victorian hall mirror; one year subscriptions to Maine Antique Digest; and many other items.
Raising funds to fight Alzheimer’s is near and dear to Barbara because her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1995 and passed away in December 2011. Last year’s auction included 82 antique donations and a record crowd raised $6,700 for Alzheimer’s Research passing the previous year’s record.
Pewter & Wood Antiques specializes in 18th and 19th C. American Antiques with emphasis on original first surface paint. Barbara looks for unusual pieces and has a special interest in furniture, painted boxes, gameboards, textiles, hooked and braided rugs, stoneware, decorative accessories and folk art.
Collecting became a passion for Barbara at an early age, and even today, she is fascinated by the histories of the items she buys and sells. She is also impressed by the quality of things that were made so long ago—yet still function as they were intended. She likes it when she sees today’s young people becoming more interested in older furnishings and artifacts.
In addition to her Cave Creek shop, which is open from November through April, Barbara has a second location on Crystal Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire, that is open from May to October. Monthly open houses are held for customers; otherwise the shops are open by calling ahead for an appointment. Barbara also exhibits in a number of shows in the east.
For information on the auction or for directions to the Cave Creek shop, call Barbara at 602-677-5686 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To learn more about the shop, go to pewterandwoodantiques.com or digantiques.com. The Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter, 1036 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, can be contacted at 602-528-0545 or at www.alz.org/dsw.