Antiquing in Salem

Salem is best remembered for its 17th-century witch trials, but the coastal Massachusetts town was also a bustling center of international trade. From darkly beautiful jewelry to wickedly gorgeous accents, this bewitching vintage assortment pays homage to the locale’s worldly—and otherworldly—past. Photo by Alex Hoerner.

Antiquing in Salem

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VINTAGEPrecious & Rare Pieces
Egyptian Scarab Beetle Flip Ring 14k
$795.00
14 karat yellow gold cocktail 'flip' ring with a carved scarab center. Centrally mounted brown stone is hand carved in the form of a scarab beetle. The side mounts are hinged to allow the ring to move forwards or backwards (or 'flip'). The underside of the brown stone is also hand carved to resemble ancient hieroglyphics. Marked: 14k. Weight: 5.8 grams. Size: 5 1/2. Can be resized.
 
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VINTAGEBrandywine Bookshop
German Poetry & Literature
$49.00
Three slim volumes with text in German language. Platero und Ich by Juan Ramon Jimenez, 1965. Gedanken Uber Grosse Kunst, by Carl G. Carus, 1958. Deutsche Gedihte, by Katharine Kippenberg, 1937. Published by Im Insel-Verlag. Average page count of 65. One missing small piece of spine covering.
 
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$1,355.00
English school desk in burnished oak with bronze inkwell and level supports. Desktop resides at an angle and can be manipulated using the supports to lie flat. The inkwell is engraved: E.S.A.L. London. Age wear.
 
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$275.00
Antique cast iron doorstop. Made during the Georgian period, circa 1850. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$595.00
19th-century French newel post finial (boule d'escalier) with heavy blown cobalt glass ball. Salvaged from a Paris apartment. Minor wear. Mounting hardware not included (double-sided screw)
 
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$235.00
1930s 12k gold-filled sterling bracelet presenting bezel-set open-back carved art glass scarab cabochons mimicking lapis, amethyst, amber, chrysoprase, & obsidian, linked by open circles and ridged bar connectors. Marked "1/20-12k G.F.".
 
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VINTAGEBlack-Eyed Susan's Antiques
English Bone & Silver Forks, S/4
$215.00
A set of four good quality bone and silver plate forks, marked JR&S for John Round and Sons, Sheffield, England, circa late 19th – early 20th Century. A pattern of three leaves is seen on the fork, an egg and dart ferrule secures the natural bone handles. Weighty, nicely balanced.
 
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$1,499.00
Acrylic paint on antique leather book cover by John Mayberry. Frame, 7.5" x 10.5" x 2". Book cover, 6.25" x 9". From the artist's collection.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Corner Chairs, S/2
$1,295.00
Pair of 19th-century French corner chairs made from oak. The frames are hand-turned in a spool design and the seats have been newly upholstered in linen.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Lancashire Harvest Table
$2,675.00
19th-century English harvest table made in the region of Lancashire. The top is made up of planks and follows down to a scalloped apron with three drawers and wonderfully turned legs. The finish is rustic from age and use. Age wear and shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Oak Dresser Base
$7,795.00
17th-century English oak dresser base with a three plank top with a beveled edge. The case is comprised of two banks of three drawers each flanking a central single drawer over a paneled door. Raised on bracket feet.
 
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$175.00
1950s black painted wicker magazine holder with handle. Light wear to paint.
 
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VINTAGEFaded Rose Antiques LLC
Antique English Lignum Vitae Bowls, Pair
$295.00
Pair of antique English hand-turned lignum vitae, 'iron wood' bowls with marbled coloration. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGERose Victoria
Antique Brass Scale Weights
$225.00
Antique solid brass kitchen scale weights. No maker's mark. Light wear. Dimensions: Weights Largest to smallest, 2"L x 2"W x 3"H to .25"L x .25"W x .25"H: Wood box 8.5"L x 3"W x 3.25"H
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
18th-C. English Oak Carved Bench
$4,925.00
18th Century English oak bench with a paneled back, which has four hand-carved shaped molded raised panels with acanthus leaf decoration. The seat is made up of two planks, and is beveled along the front edge. The arms are also shaped and the piece is supported on hand turned legs ending in pad feet in the front, and simple legs in the back for easy placement against a wall. The seat height is 16.75".
 
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$2,249.00
Portrait of an Officer attributed to Charles Matet (French, 1791-1870), oil on canvas. View area, 25"H x 21"L; frame, 33.5"H x 29"L. Matet was a painter of portraits, conservator of the Musée Fabre a Montpellier, and professor at the École des Beaux Artes. His paintings are in the following Museums: Laon, Montpellier, St. Etienne, Draguignan. White mark (shadow) to the left of the forehead.
 
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VINTAGECastle Antiques & Design
Renaissance-style Chest of Drawers
$1,931.00
1870's Renaissance-style chest of drawers is made from walnut wood with its original walnut color stain finish. The facade of the chest is adorned with carved details of floral motifs, shells, and leaves. The four drawers feature moulding and leafy details and decorative brass pulls and keyhole plates. The drawers are flanked by carved columns. The chest of drawers is finished with a cream marble top and carved round feet.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
18th-C. Georgian Oak Chest
$3,295.00
Late-18th-century English oak chest of drawers from the Georgian period. Wonderfully thick plank top with two-drawer-over-three-drawer configuration. Raised on bun feet.
 
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$2,459.00
Etruscan-style 18K gold ring set with a large sugarloaf-cut sodalite cabochon. Sodalite is the pure blue component in lapis lazuli. Size: 6; sizable.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Server
$2,975.00
19th-century French server made from oak, with a three plank top, following down to a scalloped apron containing two drawers. Raised on gorgeously turned legs joined by matching stretchers.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Walnut Stools, Pair
$1,295.00
19th Century pair of French stools made from walnut. The tops are beveled around the edge, and follow down to simple aprons. They are supported on hand turned legs, joined by simple stretchers and raised on turned feet. Patina.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Wooden Strapped Bucket
$895.00
19th-century Dutch bucket made of slats of walnut and birch with brass liner. Age wear and shrinkage. No maker's mark.
 
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VINTAGEPrecious & Rare Pieces
4.5ct Diamond Spider Necklace
$6,495.00
10 karat white gold blackened spider pendant with diamond details. Round brilliant cut diamonds total an estimated 4.50 carats (estimated at F-G color and VS1-2 clarity). Marked: the spider is not hallmarked though it has tested positive for 10 karat gold. The necklace is hallmarked 750 for 18 karat gold. Weight: 11.7 grams. The spider measures 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch. The chain measures 16 inches in length.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Oak Server
$3,975.00
17th-century English oak server with a plank top with a molded edge, two drawers with exquisitely carved fronts, and paneled sides. Supported on front legs which are hand-turned and simple plank back legs, as was customary in this period. The backboards retain an old mouse hole.
 
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$235.00
Set of six cut crystal amethyst colored Bohemian wine stems. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Turned Wood Bowl
$325.00
19th-century hand-turned walnut bowl. Age wear around rim, shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
18th-C. English Carved Long Bench
$2,495.00
18th-century English oak joint bench with a restored top. The top is beveled around the edge and follows down to a beautifully carved apron and scalloped supports. The legs are hand-turned and splayed and are joined by a stretchers. Wear and shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEDebra Hall Lifestyle
African Bone Bead Strands, S/2
$199.00
Set of two strands of white bone beads on raffia cord from Ghana. Each strand, 13.5"L. Some wear, worn texture, natural imperfections.
 
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$295.00
Heavily carved antique box with hinged lid and porcelain knob. The box and lid are lined with silk, so the box may have been for sewing.
 
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VINTAGEPhyllis Lucas Gallery/Old Print Center
More Butterflies & Moths
$159.00
Hand-colored engraving by Laurence Oken showcasing lepidoptera: butterflies and moths, 1833. Unframed.
 
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VINTAGEPrints with a Past
19th-C. French Beetle Print
$125.00
Original hand colored lithograph of beetles from a French natural history series published in the late 1840s. Shown are the Violin Beetle and a variety of Ground Beetles. Conservation matted to fit a standard frame size. Image, 5.5"L x 9"H; overall, 12"L x 16"H. Includes a certificate with additional information.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Handmade Wooden Bowl
$295.00
19th-century hand-hewn wooden bowl with primitive style handles.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Pedestal Side Table
$1,695.00
19th-C. French side table with a wonderfully carved edge around the multi-layer beveled top. The pedestal is a hand-turned barley-twist column which is resting on a wonderfully shaped and carved tripod base with hoof feet.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Bench
$3,255.00
17th-century oak bench with a newly upholstered top in linen with single welt decoration. Wear and signs of old repairs on the legs. Old woodworm damage, pictured. Seat, 23.75"L x 10.63"W.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
Oak Umbrella Stand, C. 1880
$795.00
English oak umbrella stand with four acorn turned finials, carved decoration throughout, and hand-turned spool legs; circa 1880. Raised on turned feet. Age wear. No maker's mark.
 
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$359.00
Mid-19th-century American covered tin fork and spoon caddy with handle. Made in New England, circa 1850. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Swedish Painted Console
$1,595.00
19th-century Swedish pine console with two drawers and pierced vase-shaped trestle legs, joined by a bottom shelf. Supported on bun feet. Some wear, newer paint.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. English Dairy Skimming Table
$2,975.00
19th-century dairy skimming table with zinc top and original brass drain plug. The trough measures 7" deep. Age wear, shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. English Carved Console
$1,595.00
19th Century English oak console table with a wonderfully scalloped and carved backsplash, following down to a beveled edge around the top and a carved and scalloped apron. The front legs are bobbin turned and end on turned feet, joined to the back simple legs by a scalloped stretcher. Table, 29.88"H.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
1950s Walnut Tables, S/2
$1,279.00
Pair of 1950s walnut side tables from England. The tops are 3" thick slices from a walnut tree, supported on simple legs, joined by cross stretchers for stability. Left table, 23.25"L x 23.63"W x 21.88"H; right table, 23.25"L x 21.25"W x 22.25"H. Age wear and shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Geometric Chest
$7,255.00
17th Century unusual two-piece chest of drawers. The top is made up of oak planks, and has a beveled edge. There is old restoration, stains and discoloration on the top from honest use. There are four drawers, all with cushion panels and geometric patterned designs. The sides are raised paneled, and the case is raised on fabulous double-bun feet. in the front, and flat back legs fro fitting against a wall.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Side Table
$2,425.00
19th century French console table with a beveled and gadrooned edge around the top, following down to carved and pierced decorated aprons on three sides with a concealed drawer in the front. The piece is supported on hand-carved and turned legs, joined by a cross stretcher and raised on turned feet.
 
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$195.00
Sterling silver drop earrings prong-set with onyx stones. Post backs. Stamped "925" with an illegible maker's mark.
 
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$225.00
Antique George Jones flow blue teapot in the Abbey pattern. Maker's mark on underside. Light wear, discoloration spots on spout.
 
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VINTAGECarrie's Couture
Panetta Faux-Amethyst Earrings
$185.00
1960s modernist goldtone & silvertone faux-amethyst paste and clear paste clip back earrings. Marked "Panetta."
 
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VINTAGEBlack-Eyed Susan's Antiques
Floral Repousse Vanity Hand Mirror
$185.00
A Victorian Era ladies brass finish hand mirror, a repousee floral pattern with a shrimp tail handle. The bevel edged mirror is set in a beaded rim bezel. The mirror has a slight magnification.Weighing 16 ounces. Some feathering to the mirror, light discolored patina to the soldered area where the handle is attached.
 
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VINTAGEBrandywine Bookshop
Wildflower Collection, S/3
$175.00
Wildflower collection, set of three. Various authors, publishers, publication dates, lengths. All hardcover, profusely illustrated. Wear to dust jackets, ownership names/stickers. Occasional foxing.
 
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$125.00
Antique stoneware ladle with wood handle. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGELittle Treasures
Faceted Amethyst Bead Necklace
$485.00
Hand-knotted strand of large, chunky faceted amethyst beads in graduated sizes. Gold-plated filigree clasp. Minimal wear.
 
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$399.00
Vrba one-of-a-kind black onyx-colored glass and resin necklace with rhinestone glass detail and seven metal resin crosses. Toggle closure. Comes with velvet pouch.
 
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