Joy Ruskin Hanes and Lee Hanes have been full time professional third generation antiques dealers for over 40 years. Our family has been in business continually since 1946 with Shops in Boston and Foxboro, Massachusetts. Presently we are located in Niantic, Connecticut on the shoreline, midway between New York City and Boston. We are open year round by appointment.

Although our home is New England, our marketplace is America, and we have exhibited in over 20 major shows annually. Customers include not only new and advanced collectors but others in the trade, interior designers, and museums nationwide. Our background includes extensive work as a docent at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut and the Hyland House in Guilford, Connecticut, as well as curator of the Adam Stanton House and Store in Clinton, CT. Additionally, we are regular free-lance writers for various antiques publications.

What We Sell

Sadly, Lee passed away in April of 2020, but Joy is carrying on with the business, continuing the tradition of quality and careful selection that she and Lee have always practiced. Joy specializes in 18th and early 19th-Century American and British high-style small country furniture and appropriate period accessories. These include paintings, silhouettes, English ceramics, fireplace equipment, needlework, samplers and a variety of early metalware. Items are purchased from private parties as well as auction and other dealers.

Our Appraisal Service

We are USPAP certified professional appraisers and can schedule a visit to your home if you need an appraisal for insurance or legal purposes. Appraisals should be updated every 5 to 7 years.

Tell Us What You're Looking For

Because we're committed to the antiques business on a full time basis, we travel extensively and may be able to locate a special article for you. If so, we will send either photos or the item on approval. We have been instrumental in helping build many fine collections over the years and have been cited in Architectural Digest as one of the top ten sources of fine antiques in Connecticut.

Our online Form is a convenient way of letting us know-- just click HERE.

Our Guarantee

The clasped hands in our logo are a symbol of good faith and integrity dating to the 18th Century. We desire always mutually satisfactory business relationships. EVERYTHING WE SELL IS UNRESERVEDLY GUARANTEED IN WRITING AS TO AGE, AUTHENTICITY & CONDITION.

We look forward to meeting you and doing business with you now and in the years to come.

Joy and Lee Hanes

Professional Memberships: The American Ceramics Circle, New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association, Maine Antiques Dealers Association, Vermont Antiques Dealers Association.

Hanes & Ruskin Antiques and Appraisals

97 West Main Street Box 79
Niantic, CT 06357