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colorful chinaware, including a set of
antique pink teacups and saucers, is on
display in David Neligan Antiques.
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visitessexma.com. “The river is a huge draw,”
he says. “It gives a pastoral feeling to this
Just a few doors away, David Neligan
Antiques invites visitors with a front porch
filled with vintage furniture and finery that
gives way to the main room of the shop in
a converted 1850s house. Owner David
Neligan, who once worked for Christie’s auc-
tion house in New York and also headed a
department at Skinner, the Boston auction
firm, has had a shop in Essex for 15 years.
“The more shops here in Essex, the better.
It draws people because there are so many
antiques to see,” says Neligan.
Another longtime Essex dealer is
Alexander Westerhoff, whose Alexander
Westerhoff Antiques on Eastern Avenue is
just around a fork in the road from the south-
eastern end of Main Street. The structure
itself was built in 1808 as a meetinghouse
with an abolitionist minister, according to
Westerhoff, and it was a Methodist church
up until 2008, when he and partner Tom
Lang converted it to a shop.
With a specialty in antique lighting and
dining furniture, Westerhoff and Lang offer
such finds as an 1820 Regency mirror, a 1750
Aubusson tapestry, and even a 1970s Lucite
table. “The shop is more about overall high
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