My breath quickened with anticipation the first time I set foot in Old Beautiful. I just knew I was about to stumble across something special. And I was right. Unlike many “antique” stores on the Shoreline stocked with a mishmash of junk and vintage, this shop has a precise point of view: mainly pre-civil war American antiques.
You’ll find an assortment of odd side tables, old baskets, 19th century portraits, moody landscapes, and a collection of early forged iron trivets and andirons. Especially lovely and handy for the season, are the array of flint glass goblets (from $10 to $25), ironstone platters and tureens (from $75 to $185) and pressed flint decanters (mainly $40). Owner David Perrelli’s rigorous aesthetic extends to a selection of private label candles; his are authentic bayberry wax, prized in the 18th century for their clear light and pleasant scent. (Tapers, $8 – $10/pair).
If you’re looking to set a period table, head here.