Ever since the glorious days of whaling, many New England country stores have had the flavor of an international bazaar. To this day they carry the best handcrafted native products, plus imported products from all over the world. To prepare its first Christmas shopping list, SI toured Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and selected 50 gifts for sportsmen from a variety of country shops. All of the items shown on the following pages may be ordered by mail from the particular store shown with each group—in time for Christmas.
Bratton's Country Shop, Williamstown, Mass., gathered its selection of gifts, clothing, foods and, furniture from 435 sources in the United States and 23 countries overseas.
$20 M. E. Brasher carves horses and dogs in authentic detail from solid walnut. Rearing horse, 6�" high, Arabian horse (left) 5" high, are both $20. Galloping foal, $7.50. Brasher also carves portrait, statues of dogs and horses. Send photos, write for prices.
$19.50 Cabin lamps from 19th century British ships are steel and brass, burn kerosene but may be wired. They're 14" high, 11" diameter. Express collect.
$5.25 Old fish-design buttermold is cast into bronze paperweight. A bronze cast of Breton fisherman's prayer can be mounted on boat. $4.25.
$26.50 This cast of an old weathervane horse is of aluminum, painted black. It is 30" long, 15" high. Bratton's and other stores on these pages will gladly send catalogs. Gift orders are postpaid unless stated.
The Country Store, Concord, Mass., has carried "only the best from the East and West" since 1938. The building was once the home of Henry Thoreau's father, who kept shop there.
$22.50 Authentic lederhosen are made in Austria. Gray leather, piped in green; women's sizes 12 to 18. Women's desert boots by Clark's; green or sand, $12.95.
$42.50 Chamois shirts for men and women are warm and soft. Chamois zippered jacket is for men only; has flapped pockets, $42.50.
Carroll Reed's Ski Shop, North Conway, N.H., carries winter sports equipment and clothing from all over the world. This shop also rents and repairs skis and ski boots.