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Duane Merrill

Duane Merrill

Duane Merrill is a life long Vermonter and since 1967 has conducted thousands of auctions in the Northeast setting many world records. Duane Merrill started Merrill's Auction Gallery in 1967 after parents Nathan and Margaret Merrill founded the Vermont Antiques Dealers Association and established Ethan Allen Antique Shop in late 1930s. Merrill's Auction Gallery is currently the largest auction house in Vermont.

Ethan Merrill

Ethan Merrill

Ethan Merrill Third generation, raised in one of Vermont’s premiere antique families, grandparents Nathan & Margaret Merrill, establishing Ethan Allen Antique Shop, Inc., in 1938 in So. Burlington, Vermont and the Vermont Antique Dealers Association. Father, Duane Merrill founded Merrill’s Auction Gallery in 1967, Instrumental in forming private and institutional collections and accumulating a vast collection of early American antiques, Folk Art, firearms, Vermontiana, for several local institutions and collectors. Conducted and donated his time for over 50 non-profits and charity auctions for such groups as The Boys & Girls Club, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Cares, St Albans Historical Society, Burlington City Arts, The AAUW, Champlain Valley Vocational Services, Community Health Center of Burlington, Swanton Historical Society, NRA youth program, Vermont Youth Conservation Corp. Member National Auctioneers Association Member Vermont Auctioneers Association. Graduate Missouri School of Auctioneering,1998. University of Vermont 1994 B.S. Presently lives in Charlotte Vermont with his wife Lora and three children Gabriel 5, Eliza 8, and John 10. Pitched in the minors and for the Boston Red Sox organization for four seasons 1994 to 1998. Led the minor league organization in wins in 1995. Quoted by Baseball American’s as Boston’s “Late Bloomer”. Named to SBHS first 10 athletic hall of fame.

Linus Leavens

Linus Leavens is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and did Archaeological field work at several VT prehistoric sites. Linus has worked for Duane Merrill and Company for 30 years, specializing in VT folk art, books, paper, maps, & ephemera. "Working at the gallery can be challenging at times, but it is usually very interesting. I deal with the public every day, walking the fine line between a satisfied buyer & a satisfied seller. I try to use scientific methods doing research, and try to preserve history by making connections others have missed. Researching pieces and writing catalogue descriptions adds a new dimension to my work at Duane Merrill & Co." Linus is currently researching Westford, VT basket maker Seymour Landon Morehouse. Linus lives in South Burlington with his four children.

Adam Demasi

is a 10th generation Vermonter who studied Fine Art and Art History at the University of Vermont. At UVM Adam studied Printmaking, Painting and Drawing with a focus on both Renaissance master and Experimental artists of the 20th century. He has a wide range of current studies especially musical instruments, bicycles, prints and engravings, firearms, tobacciana, and early photography. In his spare time he collects and restores vintage guitars, and more recently vintage motorcycles.

Joseph Perron

Joseph Perron

Joseph Perron is a graduate of Champlain College in Burlington with a degree in business. He began attending auctions with his grandmother at a young age, and is an authority on phonographs, gramaphones, Edison cylinder players, maintaining an ongoing collection of 30 such machines and thousands of records. Joseph also has a keen interest in the history and material heritage of Vermont and French Canada.