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>>WELCOME TO “NORTH CAROLINA
WEEKEND.” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. FOR YEARS THE LITTLE TOWN OF
CAMERON IN MOORE COUNTY HAS BEEN HOSTING AN ANTIQUES STREET FAIR. WELL, THAT LITTLE STREET FAIR
HAS TURNED INTO A BIG EVENT. AND IT’S A PERFECT PLACE FOR “COLLECTING CAROLINA” PRODUCER
JULIA CARPENTER TO FIND SOME SANDHILLS TREASURES.>>TODAY WE’RE AT THE CAMERON
ANTIQUES FESTIVAL IN MOORE COUNTY, AND WE’RE GOING TO BE
LOOKING AT 19th AND 20th CENTURY COLLECTIBLES MADE IN THE
SANDHILLS AREA. COME JOIN US. MY LOCAL GUIDE IS RAY OWEN, AN
EXPERT ON THE HISTORY OF THE AREA AND ITS ANTIQUES.>>THESE ARE VERY INTERESTING TO
ME.>>WHAT ARE THEY?>>THESE ARE PLANES, AND THESE
ARE THE TYPES OF TOOLS THAT WERE USED TO MAKE OUR FURNITURE HERE
IN THE CAMERON/SANDHILLS AREA. AND MANY TIMES IN EARLY HOUSES
AROUND HERE, THE FAMILY SAVED THESE. AND SO SOMETIMES THEY’LL HAVE
THE NAME OF THE MAKER ON THE EDGES OF THEM.>>CURATOR JUNE LUCAS AT THE
MUSEUM OF EARLY SOUTHERN DECORATIVE ARTS HAS MORE
BACKGROUND TO SHARE ON THESE ITEMS.>>THE SETTLERS ALONG THE PEE
DEE RIVER CAME AROUND 1750 TO ABOUT 1800. MOST OF THEM WERE OF BRITISH
BACKGROUND, ENGLISH, HIGHLAND SCOTS, SCOTCH-IRISH, BUT ALSO
AFRICAN AMERICANS. AND THEY WERE CREATING WONDERFUL
OBJECTS, SUCH AS THIS BEAUTIFUL SECRETARY BOOKCASE THAT WAS MADE
BY AN ENGLISH CABINET MAKER NAMED WILLIAM LITTLE. HIS FAMILY VERY GENEROUSLY
DONATED THE PLANES THAT YOU SEE HERE THAT WERE ACTUALLY USED TO
CREATE THIS OBJECT.>>SO WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IS
SPECIFIC THINGS. NOW, OVER HERE IS SOMETHING
INTERESTING.>>WHAT KIND OF MATERIAL —
>>OH, THAT — THIS IS MADE OF SPLIT OAK, AND THAT’S TYPICAL. ALMOST ALL THE BASKETS HERE ARE
MADE OF SPLIT OAK. AND SOMETIMES YOU FIND THEM OF A
TWISTED BARK THAT WE CALL HERE CORDAGE.>>AND YOU’VE GOT THAT BASKET
SORT OF WEAVE.>>YES, ABSOLUTELY. IT’S THE SAME FOLKS THAT MADE
THE BASKETS MADE THE SEAT IN THE CHAIR HERE. AND SO THIS IS A TYPICAL CHAIR
THAT YOU WOULD FIND THROUGHOUT THE SANDHILLS REGION. INTERESTING TURN FINIAL.>>LOOK AT THE BOTTOM.>>OH, VERY BEAUTIFULLY MADE,
YES. HOW IT’S KNOTTED OFF.>>OH, LOOK.>>SO IT REALLY IS A GREAT LOCAL
CRAFT THE WAY THEY WERE DOING IT.>>POTTERY WAS PLENTIFUL, AND WE
DID DISCOVER SOME VERY SPECIAL ITEMS.>>REASONABLY PRICED, BUT YOU
FIND THESE THROUGHOUT IN SHOPS, AND YOU FIND THEM AT FAIRS LIKE
THIS. AND THIS IS PROBABLY MADE HERE. IT’S PROBABLY THE CRAVEN FAMILY
OF POTTERS THAT WERE IN THE UPPER PART OF MOORE COUNTY, AND
IT’S SALT GLAZED, WHICH MEANS THAT IT’S FIRED TO A RELATIVELY
HIGH TEMPERATURE, WHICH SOLIDIFIES THE CLAY SO THAT IT
HOLDS LIQUID, AND IT ALSO DID NOT HAVE LEAD IN THE GLAZE, AND
BECAUSE OF THAT, IT WAS HEALTHIER, AND PEOPLE WERE AWARE
THAT THEY NEEDED THAT KIND OF THING. NOW, THIS IS VERY INTERESTING. I WANT TO BE CAREFUL WITH THIS. BUT THIS IS CALLED —
>>OH, MY GOSH.>>– WHAT WE CALL A MEMORY JUG. AND IT — THERE’S A LOT OF
DEBATE ABOUT WHERE THIS ORIGINATES. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT’S AN AFRICAN
TRADITION. AND, OFTENTIMES, AFRICAN
AMERICAN BURIAL SITES WILL HAVE PIECES LIKE THIS. AND THE MEMORY IS THE MEMORY OF
THE PERSON THAT THEY’RE COMMEMORATING WITH THE PIECE. SO THIS IS AN AMAZING PIECE OF
FOLK ART HERE.>>REMEMBER THE CABINET JUNE
SHOWED US AT MESDA? WELL, WE FOUND A SIMILAR
TREASURE HERE AT THE CAMERON ANTIQUES FAIR.>>IT’S IN THE REGION THAT IS
THE HIGH FALLS AREA IN MOORE COUNTY —
>>RIGHT.>>– OR JUST ABOVE THERE. AND YOU’LL NOTICE THIS EDGE
HERE, JULIA, THAT’S GOT THIS KIND OF INDENTION IN IT. THE PLANES THAT WE WERE LOOKING
AT EARLIER, THE EDGES THAT YOU SEE HERE ARE MADE BY THOSE
PLANES, WHERE YOU RUN THE PLANE ALONG THE EDGE OF THE BOARD AS
YOU’RE CONSTRUCTING THE PIECE. YOU’LL ALSO NOTICE THE OLD WAVY
GLASS, WHICH IS TYPICAL OF THE OLD PIECES. AND THESE WOODEN PINS WHICH HOLD
THE ELEMENTS TOGETHER. AND THIS PIECE, I BELIEVE, WAS
MADE PROBABLY IN ABOUT 1840.>>THERE’S FABRIC, GLASS, METAL
OBJECTS, CHINA, AND FACE JUGS, ALL KINDS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND
SANDHILLS COLLECTIBLES FOR YOU TO FIND. YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU
LIKE AND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT. THAT WAS A GREAT DAY OF
ANTIQUING, RAY, IN CAMERON, NORTH CAROLINA. THANKS FOR TAKING US AROUND.>>OH, JULIA, YOU’VE GOT THE
DEWBERRY DELI, OLD CAMERON STORE IN CAMERON. GREAT DAY OF ANTIQUING.>>ABSOLUTELY. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND” AND
“COLLECTING CAROLINA,” I’M JULIA CARPENTER.

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