Wedding Season at The Brass Monkey

Wedding season is approaching and the tradition of gift giving throughout the festivities of a wedding expands beyond just the typical "wedding present". 

There's the engagement party, you must take a gift!  The wedding shower may take on a theme, often geared towards the bride's passions. And then there is the wedding gift for the couple. 

Did you know that Macy's invented the gift registry in the 1920s?

Wedding gifts originated from the notion of a bride price or dowry that was paid to the bride's family. It usually included land, animals, money, and other forms of historical wealth. The first recorded dowry was exchanged in 3,000 B.C.

Something small, endearing, meaningful, is always a treat. We have jewelry, watches, home accessories, barware, and small items to create an amazing gift baskets customized to your happy couple.  Between serving bowls, dish ware, place settings, lamps, vases, blankets, antiques and vintage items, there are so many useful items in the "rooms" of The Brass Monkey gift shop.

Open daily, come shop for any occasion here on Main Street in Downtown Gloucester!


A Little "Nautical Gloucester" at The Brass Monkey

We love being in the heart of Downtown Gloucester, near the waterfront. While we have some popular brands carried in our store, like Tommy Bahama, Hobo Italian Leather Bags, Woolrich, Natural Life, Coco & Carmen (and more!), we also carry unique items that are Gloucester and East Coast specific.  At The Brass Monkey, you can find the popular "Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Cookbook", Gloucester mugs, tea towels and other items, and products with images of our native lobster and other sea life. Look around and you'll be able to choose some fabulous vintage nautical items, perfect from your home by the sea or if you live inland, a warm reminder of your time on our coast.

We love our nautical theme and our ties to Gloucester and Cape Ann, as we are right here in the heart of it. Recently, we stumbled upon this video made by John Theo, a local novelist (see Cape Ann Museum, A walk through nautical history", take a peek!

First Antique Week at The Brass Monkey!

Our first-ever, Spring Antique Week offers incredible discounts on antiques and vintage collectibles!!! 

Looking for a unique piece? We have antique and vintage farm tables, dressers, chairs, armoires, desks, dishes, lamps, and more. We have a unique crystal, antique Victrola, sewing box, small children’s chairs…perfect selections for browsing! If you are looking for something special, let us help you find it! We also have some incredible smalls and collectibles!

Open daily, 10am-6pm, 85 Main Street, in downtown Gloucester!


Check out this incredible Victorian walnut/marble top tables in near pristine condition.  The table pictured has hand-carved 'doe feet' on the legs--very rare.  An unsigned bronze of an oil-skinned fisherman pointing to the horizon. Many turn of the century pieces such as this newly restored bookcase with hand-carved crown!

Antique and vintage furniture, lamps. collectibles*, crystal, porcelain, and pictures will be 20% off from Friday 3/16 until Thursday 3/22. Come down to see what we have!

*silver coins not included. 

antique week

Easter & Spring at The Brass Monkey

As our children grow and change, so does the gift giving, especially when it comes to Spring & Easter Baskets. Our kids may be growing up, but the tradition stays alive, along with grand children. Easter is April 1st this year! (will you celebrate Easter or April Fools Day or both!?)

Here at The Brass Monkey we can help you with gift suggestions. We can show you our special jewelry pieces, chocolates from Harbor Sweets (have you tried the Sweet Sloops!?!?!), stuffed animals, clothing, cards and more.

Stuffed bunnies and chicks are always a great way to top off any gift!

If you're entertaining this year, welcome your family and friends to a table filled with table settings that reflect your personal style, found here in our store.  Not entertaining this holiday? Pick out a piece for the hosts of your Easter dinner! Choose a special piece from Simon Pearce or create a gift bag from our Stonewall Kitchen selections!



Living by the Sea

When we live by the sea, we surround ourselves that remind us we are here. Living on Cape Ann, we are surrounded by ocean, on all sides, it seems. 

What's your favorite beach? What are your favorite nautical finds for your home that remind you of the days at the ocean? What nautical items are you looking for that would make your home or garden complete? 

Come see us here at The Brass Monkey, and explore!

In the meantime, plan your visit to one of our fabulous local beaches!



Stonewall Kitchen at The Brass Monkey

Who doesn't love Stonewall Kitchen jams, jellies and mixes? Sunday morning brunch at home has never been better....OR...Breakfast for dinner anyone? Want that great soup simmering and smelling like a cozy Winter evening? 

Stonewall Kitchen is one of the most popular creators of Specialty Foods; jams, grill sauces, simmering sauces, mustards, dessert sauces, and more and we have it all here at The Brass Monkey. It is great for putting together gift baskets for wedding showers, hostess gifts, birthdays, and more. 

Why the Monkey?

brass monkey

The Brass Monkey is named for the collection of monkeys, brass and ornamental, which both Tom and Lynnee Lance, avid collectors and antiquers, have accumulated over the years.  

Inspired by their findings from their love of travel, they have brought some of their treasures "home" to the Cape Ann area and have always wanted to share with their surrounding community. 

Here at the Brass Monkey, they have created a different kind of shopping experience, where they hope people will come to buy a unique gift, something not found in the big box stores. Take a peek around and see how many monkeys you might find in our shop!

monkey stuffed animal