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Quality Antiques Since 1991
“If we wouldn’t have it in our own homes, you won’t find it in our shop.”
John Jenkins, Partner; Paul Bavis, Associate; Tom Osborne, Partner
Whether you shop with us in person or over the internet, we go the extra mile to be sure the items you purchase will look beautiful and be practical in your home. For local customers, we provide installation of chandeliers, careful delivery, and proper placement of furniture, paintings and mirrors – at no extra charge. While nothing can match the personal service of local, in-store shopping, we strive to apply the same principles of care and expertise in dealing with our internet and phone customers.
Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, directly across the street from Christ Church (George Washington’s church). We’re only 5 miles from downtown Washington, DC, and 3 miles from National Airport. Our hours change seasonally; go to the “Doing Business With Us” page for current hours. Even then, hours are subject to change, so please call before making a trip from out of town. This is not only our shop, it’s our home; appointments are always welcome, even outside of normal business hours.
Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques was founded by John Spurgeon Jenkins and Thomas Lewis Osborne in 1990, and opened its doors as a retail shop in June 1991 in Leesburg, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, Paul Bavis joined the firm. After doing business in Leesburg for 6½ years, Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques relocated to its present facility in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia, in November 1997.
John Jenkins is an expert on antique furniture and is also knowledgeable about paintings, porcelains, and silver, among other areas. He bought his first antique when he was six years old. By the age of twelve he was buying and selling antiques. He has formal education in interior design and has taken a number of courses on antiques, but his knowledge base extends well beyond that. He has been tutored by top dealers, museum curators, and appraisers and has assembled a reference library of some 500 books and 1,000 magazines and journals on the art, architecture, furniture, furnishings, and home decor practices of 18th and early 19th Century Americans. Prior to opening Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques, he bought antiques internationally for Macys South.
Paul Bavis is one of the leading chandelier and lighting experts on the
Coast, and also has expertise in the shop’s other areas of specialization.
His first exposure to chandeliers was as a 7-year-old boy through the
work of John F. O’Rourke, who had done the major conversion of Charleston’s
chandeliers from gas to electricity. Many visits to the deceased Mr. O’Rourke’s
workshop led Paul to a fascination with chandeliers; he purchased his
first at age 16 (on layaway). He has done consulting work and/or designed
and built hundreds of chandeliers for such places as the Maryland Governor’s
mansion, Historic Alexandria’s Lloyd Mansion, historic Rokeby in
Leesburg, and private homes from coast to coast.
Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques also has under contract a network of restoration experts including cabinetmakers, refinishers, gilders, art restorers, framers, and clockmakers. They work almost exclusively on our own merchandise, but are sometimes available for customer work and/or for custom hand-made reproductions.
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