Richard Smith ‘Smity’ Extel, Vendor, 73


Richard ‘Smitty’ Axtell, {photograph} of Daniel Olsson, taken on the York Antiques Present a number of years in the past.

by Madelia Hickman Ring

DEPOSIT, NY – Richard Smith “Smitty” Axtell died unexpectedly on Thursday, Could 27 at Our Girl of Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY. The reason for loss of life was confirmed by his household as issues from congestive coronary heart failure.

Born on October 13, 1947, in Deposit, NY, grew up on the Axtell household farm. He attended Deposit Central Excessive Faculty and the College of Albany, the place he earned levels in economics and library science. Later he joined Delhi AG and Tech School in Delhi, NY. Acquired Affiliate Diploma in Agriculture from

Axtell developed his ardour for antiques from his mother and father, particularly his mom, who helped him go to flea markets within the space in 1962 whereas he was nonetheless in class. In 1963 he opened a store in his household house. After ending faculty in 1968, he started working full-time and purchased an eighteenth-century tavern and tavern in deposits. It turned the house of The Rookery Bookery and The Home of Extel Antiques, a enterprise typical of America that was nonetheless in operation on the time of his passing. In a 2013 interview with Pleasure Haines, Axtell talked about that probably the most influential folks in her life was Jim Caine of Roscoe, NY, who Axtell met when she was 15.

Axtell was president and constitution member of the Deposit Group Historic Society and served as previous president of Deposit Rotary. He was the Grasp Mason of the Freemason Lodge in Deposit and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Deposit. His skilled associations included the New Hampshire Antiques Sellers Affiliation and the Early American Industries Affiliation.

Vintage present promoter and vendor, Frank Gaglio, heard the information of Axtel’s passing whereas he was organising antiques on the Rhinebeck Present Could 29-30. “Unhappy to listen to of the passing of Smiti Axtell stayed with me all through the present. Together with Roger and Ruth Bacon and Lillian Blankley Cogan, she ranks as an icon of our trade. I first heard about her from a number of sellers and The primary time I met her was after I was a budding vintage vendor. I bear in mind her mom welcoming you to her store door with a smile and a grace that stayed along with her for the remainder of her life. When she used to stroll me across the store , so she knew what I noticed; it was straightforward to see that she acquired her data and expertise from her mom.

Extel, March 2016, Antiques and The Arts Weekly photo at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show.

Extel, March 2016, Antiques and The Arts Weekly picture on the Connecticut Spring Antiques Present.

“As I acquired to know her higher, I requested her to step over and convey me one thing superb, which she did as a result of she saved a few of her most prized possessions. One of many issues I purchased from her was a New York State stencil. There was the Tree of Life bedspread, which is now in a number of books on textiles. One other piece was a tiger maple heart-shaped nostril field that I purchased from her a number of years in the past on the York present, which was the final time I noticed her.

“He was an ideal addition to any vintage present I used to be concerned in. He had a lot expertise and data that our enterprise has misplaced. He was actually sort of distinctive, and I personally miss him dearly. I’ll.”

Newberg, NY, sellers Daniels and Karen Olsen shared the information of Axtel’s passing on social media. Once we reached out to him, he mentioned, “In 1971, whereas in Ithaca, we found Xtel Antiques. We purchased our first opening piece from her on the time, a Cherry Butler’s desk that she used to gentle candles and numerous drawers, offering a beautiful if considerably fictional story about Butler! The human component and historical past got the identical remedy as the article, a component that was typically uncared for altogether. He remained a supply for our assortment by means of the Seventies. When Dan moved into antiques full-time within the early Eighties, he was an necessary outlet for promoting for a few years. Xtel most likely remained one of many few folks with whom we may share ‘historic warfare tales’ that might not be shared with a wider viewers for numerous causes. Lately we’ve got loved being neighbors on the York Present in addition to many others. ,

Pleasure Haines took a break from shifting on to inform Antiques and the Arts Weekly“He was a beautiful man who was most likely incapable of claiming something about anybody or something. And he was beneficiant in sharing his data, which was encyclopedic. I realized many issues from him. He had He additionally had a beautiful and dry humour. He was an ideal businessman and an ideal man.”

Fellow Mason and Otego, NY, vendor, Franklin “Buzz” Hesse share a few of his recollections of a buddy he’d recognized for greater than 50 years.

“To start with, we had been typically very aggressive at auctions if we each wished the identical factor, however through the years, that rivalry light away, and we developed a beautiful friendship. It additionally occurred as a result of we had been each born once more had been Christian; he was like a brother in Christ to me and he felt the identical manner. We may speak about all the fabric issues we beloved and felt very privileged to deal with. By no means take it frivolously and admire issues that come your manner.

Extel, October 2018, Antiques and The Arts Weekly photo at the Okemo Antiques Show.

Extel, October 2018, Antiques and The Arts Weekly picture on the Okemo Antiques Present.

“He was somebody you admired, and also you trusted as a result of he was sincere and truthful and educated. His passing will go away a void for many people.”

Heather and Wayne Graf of Norton, Mass., recounted Xtel’s recollection in a letter to the editor. “Our first buy from Smitty was an uncommon early tin wall with snuff in Rookery in 1985. It nonetheless hangs within the protecting room of our circa 1780 New England cape. Wayne and I discovered this very particular man (vivid purple blazer) In!) Past Smitty’s knowledge and fervour as an antiquarian, it was his form and delicate soul that will likely be missed and tremendously missed.”

Axtell was raised by his mother and father, Moses R. and was pre-deceased by Doris Smith Axtell and his spouse, Sandra Axtell, whom he met in 1986 and married in 1996. He’s survived by his brothers Daniel and Sarah Axtell of Jama and Peter Axtell and Alan Munson. Inexperienced, NY, nephews Jesse and Joshua Axtell, niece Abigail Stevens, and different great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service on the First Methodist Church of Deposit will likely be held on Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m.; Calling hours are from 9 am to 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations could also be made to First United Methodist Church of Deposit, 109 Second Road, Deposit, NY 13754.



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