Bytown Antique & Bottle Club
2017 Show Display
A Unique Display of Antiques & Folk Art
It was a special project that just kept getting better and better! We were looking to do something special for our annual show at the end of April to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary when the suggestion came forward that we organize a display of some of the best items from our members’ collections.
With the concept roughed out, we put out the call to members to see if they would agree to provide items for the display. We had reason to be concerned. In some cases we were asking members to give us antiques that had never been out of their collections. The majority had never been on public display. Could we ensure the security of these rare and, in all cases, valuable items?
True to form, the Club members embraced the concept of the display and, in the end, came through for us big time!
Before long we had some 40 very special antiques and collectibles offered for display. The list included important examples of country furniture, merchant stoneware, decoys, shorebirds, folk art, textiles, advertising – most of which had an Ottawa or Ottawa Valley connection. All of them were museum quality.
Portrait of a Clydesdale horse called "Maccombie" by artist J. J. Kenyon,
Washington, Ontario, oil on canvas, circa 1880
Many hours were spent planning the display including one dimensional scale models with all of the pieces laid out on paper.
The organizers made three separate site visits to the Nepean Sportsplex, Hall A, to measure and view the area for the display. None of us had actually organized a display like this and we are not professional curators. We did our best knowing at least that the “raw material” with which we were working, the antiques, were unique. More meetings were held and we slowly planned the other elements including signage and the handout listing and describing the various antiques in the display.
The day of the Show arrived and fifteen members of the Club began arriving at the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue in Ottawa with their items for the display. We had roughly two hours to build the display, and, a few minutes before show opening at 9 AM, we were placing the numbered cards with each item and making final adjustments.
The display was a great success and impressed the public and members of the Club.
Colin Latreille, of Colin Latreille Auctions took some great photographs, which accompany this article.
How will we outdo ourselves next year? Wait and see!
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By Shaun Markey
2017 Bytown Antique & Bottle Show Display Committee Members (left to right)
Jon Church, Shaun Markey, Carol Cameron, Alvin Cameron. Absent is Don Hewson. Congratulations on your hard work in organizing a superb display!
Collecting Our Material Heritage
Here is a selection of items from the display in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary year. Presented by the Bytown Antique & Bottle Club, April 30th, 2017.
Elm Work Table
Unusual work table in elm wood, with real and false drawers, Carleton Place, Ontario, circa 1870.
Rooster Weather Vane
Spectacular full-bodied “chantecler” (old French word for rooster) weather vane, Quebec, circa 1850.
Child's Pull Horse Toy
Child's wooden pull horse toy with horsehair tail, Quebec, circa 1880.
Canada Goose Decoy
Hollow Canada Goose in attack position on a platform, carved by John Ramsay (1858-1934), Summerside, Prince Edward Island, circa 1890.
Trade Sign & Shorebirds
Duck Dinner trade sign, two sided, enamel on metal, from the Russell House Hotel, Smith Falls, Ontario, circa 1910. Left - Black bellied plover shore bird decoy by John Ramsay, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, circa 1880. Right - Yellowlegs shorebird decoy with wire legs, Toronto Harbour area, unknown carver, Toronto, Ontario, circa 1880.
Wooden Wall Box
Decorative wall box in original paint, from a Germanic settlement, Renfrew County, Ontario, circa 1880.
Ottawa Merchant Fish Crock
A Canada West (CW) Ottawa merchant, stoneware storage crock with a rarely seen cobalt blue fish decoration. Many had thought the Bytown of the 1850's was too small and too rowdy to be Canada’s capital. Once chosen, some merchants chose to promote its new “City” status; hence the “Ottawa City” in its stamp. Pre-Confederation, circa 1841-1867.
Winter Logging Scene by Minnie Fyles
Uniquely Canadian winter logging scene folk art painting on tree fungus (Ganoderma applanatum), by Minnie Fyles (1863 – 1943), Hull, Quebec. Minnie Fyles painted this as a gift for her fiancé, W. Garrioch of Ottawa. Photographs of Mr. W. Garrioch and Miss M. Fyles. Signed by Minne Fyles, 1893.
Side Chair & School House Quilt
Unusual blue side chair in hardwood, overpaint (Ladysmith, Quebec) circa 1900. Beautiful homespun wool quilt in s schoolhouse pattern, Williamsburg, Ontario, circa 1870.
Canadian Pacific Poster
Canadian Pacific Railway broadside, which is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only, advertising for settlers' excursion, leaving from Ottawa, Ontario, April 16, 1884.
Open Storage Cupboard
A unique pine, open dish dresser and storage cupboard in superb original colour, Renfrew, Ontario, circa 1870. Very rare King Charles spaniel figurine, Daniel Orth Pottery, Jordan, Ontario, circa 1870. Pie plate, cherry design, by Eby Pottery Waterloo, Ontario, circa 1880. Brown speckled lidded jar by the Eby Pottery, Markham, Ontario, circa. 1855. Large spotted jar, Stormont County, Ontario, circa 1870.
Pie Plate by Eby Pottery
Pie plate, cherry design, by Eby Pottery Waterloo, Ontario, circa 1880.
Spotted Earthenware Jar
Large spotted jar with unusual glaze, Stormont County, Ontario, circa 1870.
Redware Milk Pan
Beautifully glazed redware milk pan from Waterloo County, circa 1860.
Cat Painting by Joe Sleep
Folk art painting, Cat with Flowers and Butterflies, by Joe Sleep (1914 – 1978), Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1977.
Windsor Side Chair & Blanket Chest
Exceptional and rustic stick Windsor side chair in original condition, Peel County, Ontario, circa 1810. Pine blanket chest, or V-box, Quebec, circa 1840.
Appliquéd Star Quilt
Elaborate cotton appliqué quilt festooned with a central star, vines and maple leaves, Ontario, circa 1910.
Impressive carved and painted totem pole, Alert Bay, British Columbia. 1910.
Oil Lamp on Maple Washstand
Oil lamp with white swirl font and marble base, circa 1870. Finely turned and executed bird's eye maple washstand, Nova Scotia, circa 1825.
Rare Items in Display Case
Extremely rare double spout, redware harvest jug by the Kulp pottery from Grimsby, Ontario, circa 1829. Exceedingly rare ginger beer bottle, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, circa 1910. Six beautiful free-blown and hand decorated barber bottles found in shops across Canada beginning in the 1880’s.
James Robinson's The Tea Pot
Rare pre-confederation Ottawa stoneware crock. Tea merchant James Robinson’s The Tea Pot sold groceries, provisions, as well as tea, from outlets on Sussex, Rideau and Wellington Streets, Ottawa, Ontario, circa 1860.
First Nations Burl Bowl
Extraordinary burl bowl made from elm, with cutout handles, First Nations, Brantford, Ontario circa 1810.
Oil Lamp on Lamp Table
Cranberry cut to clear lamp, with marble base, circa 1870. Outstanding cherry wood lamp table, two drawers, with decorative turnings on legs in pristine original condition, Martintown, Ontario, circa 1860.
Dominion Day & Election Posters
Dominion Day celebration poster, with a schedule of special trains from the surrounding communities, Napanee, Ontario, July 1st, 1892. Liberal election poster, stating precise claims, from the 1920's.
Redware Finger Jar
Large finger red ware jug, Renfrew County, Ontario, circa 1870.
Arrow Back Armchair
Arrow back armchair by Moses Kedy (1798 – 1874) in extraordinary untouched, original condition, Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, circa 1850.
Colourful whirligig of man sawing wood, Ottawa, Ontario, circa 1960.
Stoneware Jug & Pine Bench
Three gallon stoneware jug with cobalt blue flower decoration, circa 1870. Small red pine bench, original finish, Prescott, Ontario, circa 1870.