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ICA Metrolina in Charlotte, N.C., Will Hold Shows on April 2-5 and July 2-6

As the biggest antiques show in the Carolinas and the oldest in the Southeast, each event at ICA Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, N.C., is spectacular. The Spring Spectacular, slated for April 2-5, promises wonderful things from hundreds of dealers in the local area, many states and even outside the country.

Thousands of shoppers will find antiques and collectibles galore: antique wooden furniture, glassware, silver, art, papers, signs, fabric, decor items in innumerable amounts, toys, dolls, industrial pieces, vintage clothes and jewelry in gold and silver, some of it re-fashioned.

All the buildings are open, including building B. Don't forget to visit the tents, with hundreds of outside dealers, and be sure to take a stroll to Antique Village and Piccadilly Lane. ICA Metrolina Expo offers shoppers free parking in a pet-friendly show. Hungry? There is a delicious food/cafe stop and deli, as well as food trucks.

The show provides shuttle cars to and from the large parking area. Dealers need to know this is the most dealer-friendly show anywhere, with a supportive staff, high-tech security, easy set-up and fair pricing. Call now to book your space, and do not forget to book early for the July Firecracker Classic, July 2-6.

The International Collectibles and Antiques Show at Metrolina Expo is located at 7100 Statesville Road in Charlotte, N.C. A five-day show carries a ticket price of just $10, good for all five days. For more information, call 704-714-7909, or log on to www.ICAShows.com. There is nowhere better to shop in the Carolinas!

Texas Spring at Original Round Top Antiques Fair with Many Fresh Exhibitors
By Tom O’Hara

The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, April 2-5, will be offering great collections of Americana, early American antiques, English antiques and Continental collections and even some early Twentieth Century Modern. Susan Franks has been filling the spaces left by retirements with dealers offering unique collections from all across America.

Coming from Denver, Co., Spencer House Antiques brings their inventory of mostly Victorian Era small things which they find on their extensive travels to England. The owners, Kimberly Tennyson and Mike Sharp, are newcomers to the Big Red Barn but had been exhibiting at Rifle Hall for some years before.

Greg Peters from Mountain City, Ga., will bring a hunt board which has a provenance from Madison, Ga., the town that did not get burned in the Civil War. He will also offer early advertising, South Carolina pottery, a few chests and more small American antiques.

Ohio dealers Steven Thompson and Alan Hoops are bringing an assortment of fine needlework, furniture and even some early American cast iron furniture.

Missoula, Mt., is home for Petra deGroot, a dealer offering unusual and high-end framing using the best moldings from Europe, unusual antique moldings, and sometimes both in combination. The objects framed include chromolithograph prints, original art, historic art photographs and also vernacular photos, the amateur or news photo which captured the ironic, startling, unusual or compelling moments.

Steven Postans, Sarasota, Fla., will be in the Continental Tent with a collection of early Georgian and Victorian furniture and fine art. Tomlinson Antiques, Sarasota, Fla., offers Continental antiques and Asiana.

The Big Red Barn Tent is hosting several exhibits of the popular Industrial furnishings. Over the hill a few minutes away, Carmine Dance Hall will fill with about 20 more dealers. Hazel Giles, Glenville, N.C., collects her inventory in the hills of North Carolina: look for her Southern Country collection at Carmine.

The show is Wednesday-Saturday, 9-5; admission is $12. The Big Red Barn is at 475 South State Highway 237, Carmine, Texas 78932, about two miles south of U.S. Hwy 290. The website is www.roundtoptexasantiques.com or call Susan at 512-237-4747.

Photo: Silver, vintage linens and small antiques fill The Carmine Dance Hall. 

The Scott Antique Market: America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt
By Jessica Munday-McGee

For nearly 30 years, the Scott Antique Markets have been America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt. Even now, it continues to impress buyers and sellers from both near and far with the best antiques any show has to offer. Whether you are looking for a storytelling piece of war or military history, that attractive turn-of-the-century cabinet, or some unique and stunning jewelry to add to your fine collection, the Scott Antique Markets is bound to have it!

Both shows in Atlanta, Ga., and Columbus, Ohio, are conveniently located near freeway interchanges, large International Airports, fine dining, and ample hotels. The bustling shows in Atlanta run the second weekend of every month, twelve times a year for a weekend adventure of treasure hunting. Once you arrive, you can relax and take one of the shuttles that run between the two large expo buildings. They will happily deliver you right to the front doors.

The Scott Antique Markets strives to achieve elegance, simplicity formality, and comfort. The Atlanta Expo Centers are world-class facilities that host two large main buildings, several additional buildings, outdoor exhibitor space and a large circus tent, for a whopping total of over 3,500 booths. The Garden Center is an architectural lover’s delight with both unique relics for inside the home, and artistic elements to add to your outdoor space or garden.

Several events and services at the Atlanta location make the Scott Antique Markets both a reliable and convenient host. When you need to pause for a quick bite, you won’t have to venture far. The Scott Antique Market in Atlanta offers seven tasteful options from Southern Cuisine to Greek and other ethnic foods. Now let’s say you found that perfect piece but can’t haul it, or you’ve found a gift that you want delivered to that special someone. On-site delivery services allow for those treasures you’ve found to be sent wherever you choose. Additional services available include Enterprise rental cars, Cash America pawn shop, and professional porters to help you load your “new” antique possessions. All of these amenities are on-site and easily accessible.

Those that stay into the evening hours won’t be disappointed. Auctions are held every Saturday of the show at 8 pm. Many truckloads arrive each month from New England. There’s no telling what you will find.

The Scott Antique Markets also host Ohio shows that are held at the Ohio Exposition Center, otherwise known as the Ohio State Fairgrounds. This show is just minutes from downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus. Again, here you will find anything from high-class rarities to popular collectibles; from functional primitives to traditional décor with elegant motifs. Your shopping adventure is just off I-71 and is home to between 800-1,200 booths and several choices of cuisine.

A surprising amount of the guests are younger crowds, learning early about the investment quality of antiques. This evidence of a deep-rooted appreciation for history and the arts makes the Scott Antique Markets a perfect place to spend their weekend. So what are you waiting for? Build your family heirlooms! Collect your country’s history! Bring back childhood memories! Whatever it is you are aiming to achieve, the Scott Antique Markets is truly both an exhibitor- and buyer-friendly experience.

Whether you are looking to add charm to your home or add value to your collection, visit the Scott Antique Markets the second weekend of every month in Atlanta and once monthly, November through March on either the third or fourth weekend in Columbus, Ohio. See the Scott Antique Markets schedule for details, or contact their helpful staff at 740-569-4112. For visual layouts of the show’s facilities, coupons, media reviews, as well as discount rates at hotels for shoppers and vendors, visit The Scott Antique Markets on the web at www.scottantiquemarkets.com. See you there!

2nd Annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham near Beaufort, S.C., April 12

The second annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham event will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the marketplace and village of shops (and restaurants!) near Beaufort, S.C. The sponsoring group is currently seeking artisans, antique dealers and artists to take vendor booth space. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success, drawing hundreds of attendees.

Artisans and Antiques at Habersham is proving to be one of the best spring gatherings of shopping for the unique and the unusual. Featured last year were vintage and antique furniture, plus wonderful artwork, accessories, chocolates, flowers, clothing, shoes and more. To apply for this year's show, write to Bobbi Rice at 135 Colonel Thomas Heyward Rd., Bluffton, SC 29909 or call 843-707-7076. The e-mail address is ricegen135@yahoo.com.

Check out last year's event at artisansandantiques.blogspot.com.

Julia's March Firearms Auction an Extraordinary World Record

James D. Julia’s Auction House recently conducted the most extraordinary firearms auction to date. For a number of years, Julia’s has led the firearms auction field by regularly conducting the largest grossing firearm auctions in the industry and have continually held the record for the largest grossing each year for nearly ten years now. Their October 2013 auction at approximately $18.3 million was by far the largest gross ever realized for a firearms auction in history anywhere in the world and it was hard to conceive that could be beaten but this sale soundly beat that gross coming in at approximately $19 million+ (including post-auction sales).

The success of the sale was not just in its gross but also in many other ways although this sale did feature over 530 lots that realized in excess of $10,000, 50 lots that realized in excess of $50,000, and 13 lots that generated $100,000 or more. Another truly extraordinary factor about this auction was the number of collections offered from some of the best known firearms dealers and collectors currently in North America. The headlines touted 12 phenomenal and renowned collections. The first was that of the late Tommy Rholes of Texas. For years, Tommy was known as one of the leading dealers in North America for quality Winchesters and Colts and his collection of private guns that he had set aside over the years, reflected his dominance in that market. An extremely rare iron framed Henry SN 90, believed to be, for condition, one of the top 5 or 6 known, carried a presale estimate of $100,000-200,000 and went out at $161,000. Tommy’s extremely rare Nimschke factory engraved Colt SAA was a prime example of his taste. Carrying a presale estimate of $75,000-125,000, it blew through that estimate to $129,650. Tommy had a great interest in historical items particularly those associated with Texas Rangers and early Southwestern law officers. A very rare nickel plated Colt Sheriff’s model to the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company in Bisbee, Arizona carried a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000 and realized $80,500.

Double-cased Colts presented to
Gen. W.A. Thornton by Col. Colt,
$224,250.

The second day began the Bill Gerber Collection billed by Julia’s as a collection of impeccable Colts. Mr. Gerber, a long-time collector from Memphis, Tennessee, has always had discerning taste in what he collected and his collection reflected this. Many of these guns were just breathtaking for condition and in some cases of great rarity. An extraordinarily rare presentation double cased set including an 1860 Army and an 1861 Navy had been presented to General William A. Thornton by Col. Colt. Thornton was in command of ordinance for many years and eventually became a Brigadier General. These Colts in an original Colt casing and outstanding condition carried a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000 and finally realized $224,250. A very rare cased Patterson #2 Belt Model in an original case with accessories carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and it realized $166,750. His extremely fine cased First Model Colt Dragoon realized $63,250.

Immediately after the conclusion of the phenomenal Gerber Collection was the Norm Flayderman Collection. Norm Flayderman’s name is unquestionably the most iconic names in the firearms industry during the 20th century. Norm was a third generation antiques dealer in the Flayderman family, a great patriot serving in three branches of the military service, a renowned scholar, author, and dealer extraordinaire, but one of the most esteemed and lasting tributes that Norm Flayderman established was his reputation for the honorable way in which he conducted himself. One of his first major successes was the acquisition of the Medicus Sword collection. In the 1950s, the Medicus collection was considered the most important collection of its type in existence. The asking price at that time was $20,000 and was more than what any established dealer would consider, all except for the young upstart, Norm Flayderman. Shortly after purchasing it, a special article appeared in Life magazine with a unique photograph of Norm standing amongst a sea of early swords. Over the years to come, Norm marketed the swords, first selling the less valuable ones and saving the choice treasures until much later in the future when the prices would be enormously high. This was a business practice that Norm frequently followed with great success. Norm later distinguished himself through his special catalog business which he started in 1954 and continued to produce up to 1998 (118 consecutive editions), at which time, he switched over to the internet. One other monumental icon of Norm’s name and business was the Flayderman price guide on antique firearms which had come to be known as the bible in the industry and the most respected and most used gun pricing guides today. The Flayderman Antiques & Military Company is continuing and will continue on into the future, now being run by Norm’s surviving wife, Ruth, his daughter, Judy, his son, John, together with his long-time assistant, Tory. The majority of the items offered in this sale were special items from Norm’s private collection. The first lot was a rare engraved Volcanic #1 with wonderful original silver plate carrying a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000; it was subject to a heated bidding battle which finally grossed out at $58,650. His early Civilian Colt Second Model Dragoon carried a presale estimate of $50,000-60,000; it too was competed for heatedly all the way up to $77,650.

Almost every lot of the Flayderman Collection had multiple players both from the phone and from the audience. A rare cased engraved 1849 Pocket Revolver was a gem which carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 but went out at $55,200. Many of the guns in Norm’s offering were high condition and some of them were historic. The large framed Belmont-Adams percussion dragoon carried an inscription to the founder of the Pony Express who later became the Confederate purchasing agent, Major Benjamin Franklin Ficklin. The gun carried a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000 but as a result of great competition, realized $36,800. An important note is that Julia’s will also be selling another segment of Norm’s collection in the major Fine Art, Asian, & Antiques auction in August. This portion of the Flayderman collection will be rare Civil War posters, some of which were extremely rare polychrome examples.

Also offered in this auction was the second session of the Michael Leff Collection. The late Michael Leff of Florida was a successful business developer who had a great passion for fine Colts. His collection of Colts, mostly cased and the majority of which were engraved included a rare cased engraved two gun set including an 1849 Pocket and an 1851 Navy. The pair carried a presale estimate of $40,000-65,000 and went out at $51,750.

Another collection which distinguished itself in the world of firearms collectors is that of Dr. Douglas Sirkin of Buffalo, New York. Dr. Sirkin for years, quietly and privately amassed an extraordinary collection of firearms ranging from superb 17th century European high art wheel locks to beautiful raise carved Kentucky rifles. The collection had been amassed through his personal friend and advisor, Dr. Dick Zeschke. As such, until the first session of his collection came on the market in October, almost no one in the firearms world knew about Dr. Sirkin and his collection. One of the rarities of the Sirkin Collection was a Martial Colt Walker C-Company #136. It carried a presale estimate of $75,000-150,000 and went out at $80,500. Dr. Sirkin’s Collection also included a large number of beautiful Kentucky rifles. An outstanding and profusely relief carved York County rifle by Michael Edwards, “the World’s Oldest Living Fireman” carried a presale estimate of $35,000-55,000 and it went out at $47,000. An interesting historical lot was a pair of important silver and gold inlaid American Flintlock Dueling Pistols by James Haslett of Baltimore. These were made for and given to Gerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. They were a gift of his then wife, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte of Maryland. Gerome married the famous and lovely Elizabeth from Maryland and later they ventured to France to meet his famous brother, Napoleon. Napoleon was enraged, he had intended for his brother to marry into one of the European royal families and refused to allow Gerome admittance back into France until he rid himself from the “American hussy”. Gerome later abandoned his American wife, remarried and became King of Westphalia. The pistols carried a presale estimate of $25,000-50,000 and went out at $40,250. Another highly competed for niche in Dr. Sirkin’s vast collection was his selection of high art European Wheel Lock firearms. A superb pair of Saxon Elector Guard Wheel Lock Puffers dating to around 1590 and formally having come from the Bremner Hogg Jackson Collection carried a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. They realized $60,375. Yet another pair of Dresden Wheel Lock Holster Pistols (Puffers) also dating to around 1590 had elaborately inlaid ball butts and were estimated at $20,000-30,000. They ultimately realized $60,000. Dr. Sirkin’s Collection also included some wonderful European arms. His fine rare pair of long late 17th century English flintlock holster pistols by Humphrey Pickfatt dated to around 1690 and carried a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000. They realized an impressive $34,500. Another interesting early item was Dr. Sirkin’s Hall breech loading flintlock pistol. Although these are extremely rare, Julia’s featured one in their last auction from the Sujansky Collection but held this one from the Sirkin Collection back for this auction so as to not “flood” the market. This example carried a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000 and realized an impressive $40,250.

The second day also featured the notable Kentucky rifle and pistol collection of Mr. Frank Sujansky. Mr. Sujansky had accumulated an outstanding offering of Kentucky rifles but even more notable was his collection of Kentucky pistols. Upon seeing the entire collection spread out on tables for the first time, Julia’s longtime Kentucky rifle specialist, Ron Gabel, former President of the KRA, a lifetime collector, author, and dealer in Kentucky arms exclaimed, “This is the greatest number of Kentucky pistols that I have previously seen in my entire lifetime”. The Sujansky Collection included what is considered the best or one of the best relief carved John Armstrong Kentucky rifles known. This example was in flint and carried a presale estimate of $90,000-150,000 and went out at $97,750. Armstrong’s rifles are outstanding for their beautiful raised carved ornamentation and silver inlays which included a small eagle plaque in the stock. The stocks themselves were also beautifully relief carved. Amongst the plethora of exquisite Kentucky pistols from the Sujansky Collection was an exceedingly rare and desirable Buck’s County relief carved Flintlock by Andrew Vernar which realized $46,000. An outstanding and rare John Armstrong Kentucky pistol believed to be the only signed John Armstrong pistol in existence had early on been discovered by Joe Hindig, Jr. and underwent expert restoration. The presale estimate was $40,000-70,000 and it sold for just over $40,000. A spectacular pair of Lehigh County pistols with tiger maple stocks made by Thomas Grubb was estimated at $25,000-35,000 and realized $29,000.

In the second session was the collection of the late Charles Anthony Lamb. The collection which featured early martial pistols included a Revolutionary War British Dragoon pistol from the 17th Light Dragoons estimated at $7,500-12,000, this rare Revolutionary War weapon jumped to $19,550. Also a very fine cased pair of Clark double barrel flintlock pistols was estimated at $12,500-22,500 and saw tremendous bidding, ending up at $32, 200.

The third session of the auction started with Session II of the world renowned collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Sturgess’ Collection is the finest collection of auto loading weapons currently in private hands. The first session of his magnificent collection that was offered in October did extremely well as did his second session. The important DWM 04 Navy Troop Trials Proto-type Luger SN 51 carried a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000 but shot to $138,000. His spectacular and important cased platinum plated ivory gripped and engraved presentation Kraigof P.08 Luger was estimated at $50,000-100,000 and after strong competitive action, it changed hands at $86,250. Also included in the collection was a great number of interesting experimental weapons. One such example was the super rare M1896 Silverman-Maxim Prototype pistol designed by the inventor of the first successful machine gun, Sir Hiram Maxim. The piece itself was extraordinarily rare and interesting but of particular interest for the Julia firm because Sir Hiram Maxim actually was born and raised in a small Maine community an hour north of the auction facilities. The Maxim pistol carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and realized $37,375.

Another prominent and renowned collection in day III was that of the late Robert H. Haskell III. Mr. Haskell was an avid collector but in particular he collected rare German and Austrian helmets from the late 19th and 20th century. His collection was one of the best of its type to ever come to auction in North America and generated tremendous pre-auction interest and enthusiasm from buyers both here and abroad. Every lot saw strong competition but probably the most competed one was the Mecklenberg-Schwerin Grand Duchy General Agitant helmet from around 1895. This beautiful helmet, estimated at $4,000-6,000 saw tremendous competition and finally topped out at $25,300. Another very desirable helmet was that of the Bavarian Artillery General Officers Model 1913-1916 helmet. This one was estimated at $3,000-5,000 and generated a $15,500 return.

The tenth distinguished collection also offered in this third session was that of the late John Houchins. Mr. Houchins was a scholar, author and avid collector of L.C. Smith shotguns and published the book, “L.C. Smith, the Legend Lives”; a comprehensive treatise on L.C. Smith and their history. Mr. Houchins exceptionally fine A-3 L.C. Smith 12 ga. carried a presale estimate of $65,000-85,000 and flew through the high estimate to $109,000. His high condition early monogrammed L.C. Smith 12 ga. carried a presale estimate of $27,500-47,500 and topped out at $34,500. In addition to the extraordinary collections was a vast array of rare, high condition items and/or historical items from various estates and collections all over North America.

Class III is also a special category for the Julia firm. For a matter of years now, they have been the dominant seller of Class III weapons in North America selling more Class III than any other auction firm and generally for very impressive results. This sale was no exception. A superb Colt Thompson 1921/28 Navy over stamped with FBI case in 45 cal. carried a presale estimate of $30,000-40,000 but saw a great deal of bidding competition and topped out at $60,375. An M-60 machine gun by Rock Island Armory (fully transferable) was estimated at $25,000-35,000 and climbed to $39,000 before selling.

A historical paper group for the start of Operation Torch dated November 1942 included a map and communications which came recently from a family of Marine Corporal, James Richie. This pertained to the invasion of North Africa whose forces were led by Rear Admiral Hewitt and none other than the famous Major General George S. Patton. Included was a map of the landing site and a Naval Telegram message from General Eisenhower to Major General Patton with instructions to commence. The telegram reads only, “Play. Ball.”. The grouping was estimated at $5,000-15,000 and went out at $8,600. An extraordinary rare first contract, first pistol Colt Model 1900 US Army Semi-auto pistol given to Col. James Boyd by General Lucius Clay in early 1945 carried a presale estimate of $25,000-50,000 but collectors from all over North America fiercely competed for the lot and it went out at $88,500.

For the advanced aficionado, this sale certainly did not disappoint the shotgun crowd. The first sporting arm up for bid was an exquisite 28 ga. Boss single trigger ejector sidelock O/U game gun in near mint condition. Estimated at $100,000-200,000, it topped out at $207,000. The very next gun, a Sublime 28 ga. Boss Sidelock Ejector single trigger side by side gun, also nearly new and from the same family as the first and also estimated at $100,000-200,000 went out at $136,000. A unique gold encrusted 16 ga. L.C. Smith Deluxe Grade side by side, one of only a couple ever made, this one in excellent condition; carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and sold for $207,000.

Smiths and Bosses weren’t the only ones to bring a lot of money in this sale. A beautiful Parker A-1 special Trapgun with ventilated rib and beavertail forearm was estimated at $32,500-62,500. It topped out at just over $100,000. An exceptionally fine AH Fox DE Grade 12 ga. estimated at $25,000-35,000 and realized approximately $49,000.

In addition to all the fine Winchesters from the Tommy Rholes estate was an exceedingly rare John Ulrich engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 1910 semi-automatic. This beautiful gun estimated at $60,000-120,000 brought $75,000. A historic Colt SA Army that had come from the battle of Little Big Horn and at one time belonged to Chief Two Moons, (the very Indian whose bust appears on the US 5 cent piece) realized $95,000. Another historic item, a Colt Model 1860 revolver identified to Private Joseph M. Hawkins of Company D, Custer’s 7th Michigan Cavalry who was present at Gettysburg carried a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000 and went out strong at $46,000.

Another area Julia’s excels at is their offerings of Civil War items. A rare EJ Johnston Confederate foot officer’s sword identified to a Captain Munson carried a presale estimate of $25,000-35,000 and realized $33,000. A fine Leech & Ringdon Confederate revolver captured by a Union Naval Officer and in outstanding condition was estimated for $40,000-60,000. Also from the Norm Flayderman collection, it brought $42,500.

As a final note, Fairfield, Maine, in March and October did not only have the James D. Julia auction event, but Jim’s sister and her husband have a major firearms auction house located 50 yards away. They tend to specialize in the moderate valued shooter and collector guns and their sale is always the three days preceding the Julia’s sale. This March, their sale grossed $2.5 million.

For more details, visit Julia’s website at www.jamesdjulia.com or contact Julia’s at 207-453-7125. The next major firearms auction will be in October of 2014. They have a number of important collections already scheduled for this sale with others coming in. Julia’s also deals in Fine Arts, Asian & Antiques and they are now accepting consignments for their next sale in August. Julia’s also has a rare Lamp & Glass Division and an Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division which are also accepting consignments for their auctions that both take place in June. 

IPBA’s 26th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, May 1-4

The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) will celebrate its 26th annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 1-4, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, located downtown. “We plan on taking the city by storm and 'steel' your heart with incredible events and breathtaking perfume bottles,” said Jeffrey Sanfilippo, IPBA's president. “Pittsburgh is rich in glass history and that fits right in with our fascination of beautiful perfume bottles.” Members will be coming from as far away as France, Portugal and Switzerland.

One of the highlights of the convention will be an exquisite perfume bottle auction on Friday evening, May 2, with Nicholas Dawes, Antiques Roadshow celebrity, as auctioneer. Gorgeous perfume bottles will come up for bid, and when the hammer comes down, members won’t be surprised to see many of the bottles sell for thousands of dollars. The IPBA hosts the longest-running specialty auction of perfume bottles in the U.S., and the public is invited to attend this free event.

The convention’s keynote speaker will be one of Pittsburgh’s local celebrities, Anne Madarasz from the Heinz History Museum. She is author of the book Glass Shattering Notions. Attendees will also be able to take in the sights in Pittsburgh, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a cruise on the Gateway Clipper and a walking tour of the area churches and buildings to marvel at the Tiffany stained glass windows. The fun will kick off Thursday evening, May 1, with many events open to the public from Friday night to Sunday noon.

A free learning program called Collecting Perfume Bottles 101 will be held on Saturday May 3, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. It will include door prizes, refreshments and a starter packet and will be followed by gratis entry into the Exhibit Hall Show and Sale. The fun-filled and educational convention will be a perfume bottle collector’s fantasy come true. For more information, visit the IPBA website at www.perfumebottles.org.

Shenandoah Antiques Expo: A Big Treasure Hunt

The chance to discover a rare collectible, a fine piece of furniture or an original work of art will draw thousands of collectors to The Shenandoah Antiques Expo show and sale on May 9th and 10th. Celebrating its 54th Show and Sale, this popular antiques event features the combined inventory of some 300 dealers from throughout the US.

“Authenticity and variety are our focus,” explains organizer, Martha Stokes, who ensures that the show and sale will be a memorable event for attendees with merchandise prices at every level from $5 to $15,000.

Exhibitors display in exhibition halls, barns, tents and outside. The Taylors of Richmond specialize in period American furniture, art, stoneware and decorative accessories and use their double space in Barn I to create an inviting display. As with most of the exhibitors, the Taylors are seasoned dealers who take great pride in offering quality merchandise.

Print dealer Kurt Kromenhoek offers an extensive collection of fine period prints covering varied subjects. The Weavers of New York are one of many exhibitors in the Expo Hall who offer a beautiful selection of American Country and painted furniture and early decorative accessories.

Another exhibitor, the Brills of Virginia display American and English formal and country furnishings, early brass, paintings and porcelain. Maryland dealer Pamela Watson-Walker, one of ten antique and estate jewelers who exhibit, offers an exquisite collection of gold objects, pearls, and estate pieces.

For some, the real treasure and bargain hunting begins with the 150 outside exhibitors who set up on the field between the Expo Hall and the Barns. Here, one can find just about anything from 18th century furniture to mid-century modern collectibles.

All exhibitors at the Shenandoah Antiques Expo are registered dealers in their respective states and have reputations for honesty and integrity. The show organizer, Heritage Promotions, seeks to offer customers a fun antiquing experience in a friendly, relaxed shopping environment.

The show opens Friday at 9 a.m. with Early Shopping while dealers are setting up their displays. Show hours are: Friday, May 9, 9-6, and Saturday May 10, 8-5. The May show has no Sunday hours. Admission is $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday.

The Augusta Expoland facility is located at exit 91 on I-64 at Fishersville, Va., near Staunton and Waynesboro, just east of I-81. Fishersville is 25 miles west of Charlottesville. For detailed information on the event and accommodations go to www.heritagepromotions.net or email info@heritagepromotions.net or call 434-846-7452. During the event, call 540-337-2552.

Antiques & Collectibles National Association Announces Educational Seminar & Trade Show for 2014

The Antiques & Collectibles National Association owners Mike and Angie Becker have announced the scheduling of the Association’s next educational seminar and trade show in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 28-30, 2014, for antiques and collectibles- related shop owners, mall owners, mall and show dealers, estate sale dealers, auctioneers, show promoters and individual collectors. The Holiday Inn Austin Midtown will be used as home base.

Two full days based on the theme “What’s Next?” will be packed with educational classes, networking opportunities, and a trade show. The keynote will be delivered by Sherre L. DeMao, founder of SLD Unlimited Biz Growth, Inc., a full-service marketing, branding and operational strategy firm. Breakout sessions will be led by: Eric Bradley – PR at Heritage Auctions; Randy and Debbie Coe – Coe’s Mercantile; Julie Hall – The Estate Lady, LLC & ASEL; Wayne Jordan – auctioneer, certified property appraiser and accredited business broker; Bill and Carol Kearney and Christine Saltzman – Cover Your Assets; Sherre DeMao; Shannon Quimby – DIYer, designer and television personality; and Diana Sanders Cinamon – personal property appraiser, educator and gemologist.

The event will close on Tuesday evening with a dinner followed by the always popular auction. Attendees are asked to bring an antique and/or collectible to be donated for the auction. (A receipt for tax purposes will be provided). It is always interesting and fun to see new items and learn a bit more history.

These dates and Austin were chosen due to the proximity to the world renowned 20+ antique shows in Round Top, Texas. For those dealers who have never had a chance to check out the Round Top shows, this is a way they can make one trip and do two worthwhile events.

The ACNA was formed in 1991 as the Antiques & Collectibles Dealer Association and has evolved to the ACNA to provide personalized services for shop owners, mall owners, show promoters and private collectors, as well as all levels of dealers. The Association offers an array of services/benefit programs to its members, including its most popular benefit—property and liability insurance coverages for shop owners, mall owners, mall dealers, show dealers, auctioneers, estate sale dealers, show promoters and individual collectors. The Association also has educational seminars, a quarterly newsletter, discounted home study program through Ashford Institute of Antiques, credit card processing and an online sales platform through GoAntiques.com, hotel discounts, and numerous other discounts on trade advertising, shipping, travel, dealer supplies and security.

Registration forms for the Convention and cost details as well as membership benefits and details are available on the Association website at www.acna.us or by calling the ACNA office, 800-287-7127 (where the phone is always answered by a live person). Both Association members and non-members are welcome. Early registration is encouraged since discounts are given prior to April 30, 2014.

 

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