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The Shaggy Ram


Jackie Montgomery has one basic rule when curating the items that fill her Edwards store, The Shaggy Ram:

"I don't buy anything I don't want to live with myself," she says matter of factly. And as it turns out, she has very high standards — and a very good eye.

Montgomery focuses on French country fruitwood furniture and English pieces, as well as accessories from France and England. Her annual pilgrimage to Europe nets her the sort of hand-fashioned, unique items that you could look for forever — and when you find it, nothing else will do. Whether it's a German painted armoire, known as a schrank, dating from 1780, or a fruitwood table rescued from oblivion by layers and layers of wax and elbow grease, no two items are alike.

Why travel across the globe to find furniture and other home accessories?

"Quality workmanship — that's what I see in most of the country pieces," says Montgomery. "If it's painted, it's typically beautifully done. The woods are beautiful. Getting the patina on these woods comes from years and years of polishing. It's very hard to get character into new pieces."

Wood is a living, breathing organism. So when it's tended and polished, nurtured and coaxed, it performs beautifully. One such piece in the store is a French two-piece pear wood vaiselier imbued with lovely sunflower carvings that show it's from Provence in the South of France.

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"It is such a special piece because pear wood trees do not get really large and are not as prevalent as other fruitwood trees," explains Montgomery. "So not as many antique pieces like this have survived. This piece dates back to about 1790. The patina is fabulous and just glows."

Other finds at the store include lamps, propeller tables with custom steel bases, brass vessels, kitchenware, sculptures and a delightful selection of Santas. The Santas are a bit of a tradition at The Shaggy Ram, handmade by the same woman for the past 15 years. Whether they're made from fabric or fur, they are each one-of-a-kind. Though custom versions are available, themed versions such as a golfer Santa and a fly fisherman Santa are hard to resist.

— by wren bova

210 Edwards Village Blvd., a-206 • Edwards • 970.926.7377 • shaggyramantiques.com

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