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Hearts of the Forke Collection

The Early Americana Collection of Marilyn & Don Forke | Featured in August Americana

Detail | Black-painted Bannister-back Heart and Crown Armchair, reportedly Cheshire, Connecticut, mid-18th century (Lot 90, Estimate: $1,500-2,500)

The symbol of LOVE, the HEART, became the symbol of Don and Marilyn Forke’s life together and their antiques collection. They loved each other, their children, family, friends, and God! Their love of learning, history, and New England inspired them to design and build an authentic New England home in Nebraska. For over 60 years, their shared passion for antiques allowed them to fill their home with an awe-inspiring collection. They collected everything!

Their knowledge grew as they traveled to forums, antique shows, and historical areas. Their zest for life, learning, and collecting enabled them to build their collection as well as develop many lasting friendships with the dealers, historians, and curators who shared their passion. LOVE remained the driving force throughout their life!

The heart motif features heavily in their collection, and a keen eye will find most items are shaped like a heart, have a heart on it, or in it. So, look for the hearts when you purchase something and remember Dad and Mom as you share in their love of life, history, and antiques.

Thank you and God bless,
—The Children of Don and Marilyn Forke


The Forke Collection of Early Americana will be offered on August 11, 2019 in the Marlborough Gallery. Preview the auction in person on August 8 from 12PM – 5PM; August 9 from 12PM – 8PM; August 10 from 12PM – 5PM; and August 11 from 9AM – 10AM; or online by clicking the button above.

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