Here are some animals I saw at the July Brimfield Antiques Fair: dead, alive, and imaginary.
Let's get through the worst first: Taxidermy was a recurring motif. I grew up with it and have a high tolerance, but I had trouble with the first animal I spotted: it seems to be a decomposing boar with something blue in its foamy-looking mouth. This has to be the worst critter I've ever seen at Brimfield. The little gramophone is a winner, though:
Someone was doing big business in recycled metal animals. This is the goat collection:
A couple of armadillos and a frog with wheels:
The roosters were the best:
This lobster, about five feet tall, looked like it needed a long vacation:
I wonder where the other antler is:
Insects and fish in clear acrylic. No, thank you.
A deer trophy tucked away in a corner:
Many dealers bring their dogs:
I see maybe one cat per show. This one was not happy about its fancy collar:
This fox doesn't look happy to be stuck in a fake tree stump, or whatever it is. I hope it's not a piece of an elephant.
Cheerier foxes for the garden:
A dealer's dachshund keeps cool in the grass. It was a sultry day:
My favorite, of course: A pensive lion, with oak leaves and acorns.