On Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, a new business called Red Door Antiques will celebrate its Grand Opening on the north side of the square at 224 Ft McKavitt St. Owned and operated by Brent and Monica Hinckley, the antique gallery has been remodeled during the past several months and offers for sale a variety of fine furniture and decorative accessories. In addition there is a wide selection of art, early maps of Texas and beyond, old books and atlases, coins and other items that they have collected over many years. There will be a ribbon cutting at 4:00 pm on Friday and the store will remain open throughout the First Friday Art Walk that evening, as well as all day Saturday.
A special exhibit for the opening and during the coming month will feature some coins that sparked Mr. Hinckley’s coin collecting in recent years. As a Boy Scout many years ago and as a step toward getting his Eagle Scout, Brent collected a set of coins from his birth year of 1953 that he kept safe since. When he began to be interested in coin collecting again about a dozen years ago he decided to add to that with a collection of coins from one hundred years prior to his birth. As he began to research and assemble his new collection he realized that rather than just the five coins in the mid-twentieth century, in 1853 there were thirteen coins, and several of those were gold! It took a couple of years, and once the 1853 set was complete Brent continued to collect and assembled a set of 1753 Spanish colonial coins from Mexico City, since the United States was still forty years from minting its first coins. He has even added a few coins from the 1650’s including one of the first coins minted in the Massachusetts Bay Colony dated 1652. These will be on exhibit during the month of October, and if you want to know more just ask Brent a question and he will fill your mind with many facts about the ’53 collecting he has done.
Red Door Antiques will have limited hours due to the many obligations that Brent and Monica have around town, but they intend to be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and by appointment at other times during the week. If you have questions or would like more information, please stop by Red Door Antiques or Hinckley’s Country Store, or call 347-6398. Mr. Hinckley will also begin a new column for this paper explaining about some of the interesting areas he has discovered in his collecting, so look for his first column in the next couple of weeks about the very uncommon and distinctive American coins of the 1800’s such as the half cent, the three cent silver “trime” or the gold dollar that was one of the smallest coins of its day.