In a way, it came down to lagniappe. During the country Americana session held at Garth’s on March 13, lagniappe seemed in play. A word used chiefly in the Gulf Coast region, especially the New Orleans area, lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) traditionally refers to a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase, such as a 13th doughnut added to a dozen. In terms of antiques, Amelia Jeffers, president of Garth’s, thinks of it as “that little extra oomph that makes something special.” She brought up the term while discussing a Dunlap school slant-front desk in curly maple, possibly of New Hampshire origin, that sold for $6600 (with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of
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