About Us



   Proprietors Ruth Van Tassel and Don Baumann have been partners in the American antiques field and in life for over thirty years. During this time they have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most prominent collectors, dealers, and institutions. Quite a  few of their discoveries have found a place in the finest private collections as well as in The Metropolitan Museum, Winterthur, Independence Historic Park, The Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County, The Ackworth School Estates Park in England, The Westmoreland Museum and others.
   Ruth and Don's focus on American antique furniture and on antique needlework samplers has allowed them to accumulate much information on these subjects. They always look forward to learning something new and exchanging information with interested parties.



   Ruth Van Tassel is a skilled and very experienced needlework conservator and has handled hundreds of antique samplers over the past fifteen years for both private collections and museums. All of her conservation employs the most current museum approved materials and methods.
Sampler and needlework conservation is an in house service we offer including cleaning, mounting and framing.
We are always happy to see your antique sampler and offer a condition analysis and casual appraisal.
Ruth enjoys sharing her knowledge of antique sampler conservation and antique needlework in general and she regularly makes presentations at shows, museums and historical organizations.
   Don Baumann grew up in a family of  artists and collectors. He was introduced to antiques as a child traveling with his parents from shop to shop in Bucks County, Pa. His interest in the objects and the dealers and collectors who pursue them has grown over the years into an active business, one that Don likes to think of as an ongoing treasure hunt.
   We buy and sell eighteenth century American antique furniture and also offer for sale antique needlework samplers, silk embroidered pictures English canvaswork and antique needlework accessories. Our focus is always on you, the customer, and your complete comfort and satisfaction. Our purchases are made with discretion. Retail sales are on approval and unconditionally guaranteed*. Returns for full refund may be made within two weeks of the purchase date. A complete description of each item is provided including condition, approximate age and place of origin. Layaway plans are available for most purchases. Shipping, packaging and insurance to all U.S. destinations is available.
*Please note that sale priced or discounted items and sales to the trade are final.


The Antiques Dealers' Association of America, A.D.A. is an excellent organization and its membership includes some of the finest antiques dealers in the country. We are proud to be long term members. Ruth Van Tassel currently serves on the board.

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Van Tassel - Baumann   American Antiques 
690 Sugartown Rd, Malvern, Pa. 19355 • 610-647-3339
Generally open Tuesday-Saturday 10:30-5:00 • Please call ahead.