Carter, Margaret Scott & Winthrop L., Provenance, Northeast October 2009.

Property from the Collection of Margaret Scott Carter and Winthrop L. Carter

Scotty and Win were certainly well known to many of us as an integral part of the New England antiques business for over forty years. In the early 1960′s Scotty was exhibiting at an antiques show that Win came to as he was looking for items for a show where he would be exhibiting. Win walked into Scotty’s booth and found many pieces that were exactly the type he was looking to purchase. At that time Scotty and Win knew they had similar interests and were soon married. They lived in Hollis, New Hampshire and raised the seven children they had jointly brought with them. Family came first but antiquing was a close second. They exhibited at the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Show and soon became very active with the NHADA. With Win’s great business skills, Scotty’s people skills and their combined passion for antiques they restructured the event in its time of need. It was their support that helped strengthen the organization which recently held its 52nd Annual August Antiques Show in Manchester.

One day while antiquing they fell in love with an old brick warehouse on the Portsmouth waterfront. Soon they were the new owners, restoring the building with a duplex loft for themselves and a shop for their antiques business on the first floor. Their personal collection included items that Win’s father had purchased from Israel Sack during the depression, objects they each had brought to the marriage and pieces they had collected together including English pewter, brass candlesticks and decoys. Over the years some things were sold while others were added. It was Scotty’s wish that the pieces not left to their children would be sold by me in New Hampshire with the exception of the decoy collection which will be auctioned by their longtime friend Ted Harmon on Cape Cod. Our New Hampshire auction not only includes items such as the Andrew Wyeth paintings and the Willard clock, but also many more affordable treasures from their collection such as the heart-cut food chopper and the many primitive paintings of farm animals and produce that reminded Scotty of her parents’ farm.

Ron Bourgeault

Northeast Auctions

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