Any town incorporated in 1651–which Eastham was–is going to have homes full of fabulous old things. Much of it eventually finds its way to local antiques shops, where savvy shoppers can buy a bit of Massachusetts history to enjoy back home.
Here are a few antiques shops on Cape Cod we recommend.
Billingsgate Art and Antiques is next to the post office in Wellfleet. Owner Richard Jacobson is a cabinetmaker with 30+ years of experience. His work is in some of the finest homes on the Outer Cape. He also is skilled at restoring furniture.
Continuum specializes in antique lamps, chandeliers, sconces and other types of lighting. I always learn something when I chat with owner Dan Johnson, a fascinating man who seems to know the provenance of every one of the 400+ restored lights in his shop.
Pleasant Bay Antiques in South Orleans features early American period furnishings and home accessories, mostly culled from homes on Cape Cod. Everything is beautifully displayed in a white Victorian farmhouse that’s connected to an 18th-century barn. One of the highlights is the lovely collection of paintings featuring local beaches and Cape scenes.
Kahn Fine Antiques and Works of Art in Chatham carries museum-quality art and antiques from the 17th, 18th and 19th century. They have earned the “Best Antiques of the Year” gold or silver award presented by Cape Cod Life magazine every year since 2004. The shop features a huge selection of nautical instruments, books, clocks, furniture, needlework, swords, rare bookends and many other items. Love scrimshaw? They claim to have the largest collection in the U.S.
Maps of Antiquity fascinates map geeks like me. Not only are maps educational but many of them also are beautiful and deserving of wall space in any well-decorated home. This Chatham shop stocks over 15,000 antique and reproduction maps, charts and prints. As you would expect there is a huge selection of maps featuring Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the U.S. and many European cities. But what surprised and delighted me most is their ghost and treasure maps. Fun stuff!
Buddha & Beads is a colorful, wonderful jumble of art, antiques and jewelry with some smile-inducing weird stuff thrown in. It’s our favorite resource for yard art and outdoor stuff–planters, metal sculptures, garden benches, decorative old tools and signs. Definitely a you-never-know-what-you’ll-find type of place. Open seasonally. You can read our post about it here.
(Photographs: top, highpointinn.com; bottom, needleprint.blogspot.com)