Antiquing brings back memories

Lori Strunk of Windy Hill Antiques, Palatine Bridge, chats about her wares with Matt and Janet Stanley, also of Palatine Bridge, during the 13th annual antique show Saturday at Arkell Museum in Canajoharie. The event was a benefit to aid the restoration and preservation of the 1747 tavern. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

CANAJOHARIE — Seeing old hand tools makes Glenn MacNeill nostalgic.

“I like looking at the old tools,” said the town of Glen resident. “My father had some made of wood.”

“I still use some of them myself.”

Such tools as drills and saws were once muscle powered before electricity took over.

MacNeill was one of the people who got glimpses of the past at the 13th Annual Antiqu

e Show at the Arkell Museum, sponsored by the Palatine Settlement Society. The show was a benefit to aid in the preservation and restoration of the 1747 Nellis Tavern in St. Johnsville.

Many participants in the antique were looking for snatches of area history. “We came out to look for some unique items from this region,” said Kelly Harmon of Schenectady, who has an antiques booth at I Love Lucy’s in the town of Amsterdam and was visiting with her friend Katherine Tirrito of Glenville.

“I like the historical postcards,” said Janet Stanley of Lee’s Shops at Wagner Square as she and her husband, Matt, looked over wares offered by Windy Hill Antiques of Palatine Bridge.

Ethan Frohock of Brotherhood Antiques and Country Store said original photography and military, advertising and Civil War items were selling well.

Jim Brooks of Catnap Books of Cobleskill was offering books as well as ephemera, items not meant to last, such as letters and advertising sheets.

Sandy Nellis Lane of Johnstown was showing Polly Hoye of Gloversville examples of the stenciling that once adorned the walls of Nellis Tavern. She said such designs were popular in the 1820s, often produced by itinerant artists, but had gone out of favor by the time of the Civil War.

The Palatine Settlement Society’s major project is the Nellis Tavern but it aims to preserve the history of the Nellis family and the culture of the Palatine Germans who settled in the Mohawk Valley.

Joan Craus, a society trustee, coordinated the event.