Dick and Jan Ferris

J & R Ferris Antiques, of Boonville, NY, has been in business since the early 1970s. Janette (Jan) and Richard (Dick) set out as purveyors of 18th and 19th century militaria and Americana from a little shop in Madison. In 1984 Dick’s son, Scott, became a full time member of the business. Following the passing of both Dick and Jan, Scott now wears all hats. He brings with him his knowledge of the fine arts: he is a specialist in the art of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) (see also

Dale Ferris (brother), Gabby Hayes, Ken Ferris (father) 1953

Dick’s interest in historic militaria may have been inspired by his gun wielding great uncle (Western film actor) Gabby Hayes. While Dick was stationed at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, in Cheyenne, Wyoming (during the early 1950s) he was asked to catalogue the gun collection at the State historical museum. By the early 1960s he served as consultant to Francis Lord on his book, Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia. And throughout the 1960s he and a cohort of artillery enthusiasts bought a 12-pound Howitzer and uniforms, and formed a cannon crew that demonstrated live firing at “shoots.”

Cataloging gun collection, Wyoming 1953

Dick’s early involvement with antiques also included writing articles for the trade magazine, Antique Talk. He opened a home-based antiques shop with his first wife, Faye, –Brass Drum Antiques– where Scott made his debut as a “dealer.” And he schlepped his children off to weekend flea markets and antiques shows such as Shupp’s Grove, PA. With tongue in cheek, one could say that as Dick began raising a family, his ability to collect diminished, forcing him to become a dealer.

J & R Ferris Antiques is primarily a show-based business displaying at antiques, rare book and paper, and Civil War shows from New England to Georgia to Colorado.

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Maine Antique Digest

J & R Ferris Antiques was recently featured in an article by the Maine Antique Digest.

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Janette Ruth Gillette Ferris

Janette (Jan) Ruth Gillette Ferris departed on September 25, 2013. She was born in Lorraine, NY on June 11, 1926 to Luther and Doris Gillette.

Jan graduated from Adams (NY) High School and the Watertown School of Business. She was employed by W.T. Burns (a shipping enterprise) and the U.S. Postal Service before marrying Richard (Dick) Ferris and becoming a full time purveyor of antiques…

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Richard N. Ferris

(1 March 1930 – 11 January 2016)

The recollections of a son, and partner in the business of antiques.

A shallow snow covers the ground in upstate New York. Out in the fields, even in the canopied forest, the snow acts as a “finger print brush,” allowing an observer to see things that may otherwise have not come to light–old roads, deer trails. Recollecting a father’s life can be much the same: initially a single path, then varying in size and diverging in direction. One follows the paths of this individual you knew from childhood…

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