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Antiques Show presented by Haddam Historical Society

Connecticut Spring Antiques Show

 

The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show, which has been called the “grand dame” of New England antiques shows and is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, will return to its long-time home at the historic Hartford Armory in Hartford for the 2014 show on March 22nd  and March 23rd .

Among the items on display from more than 60 antiques dealers will be outstanding and unique examples of early American furniture, porcelain and pottery, silver and pewter, fine art, brass and ironware, textiles, prints and more.  The show attracts serious collectors, supports new collectors and brings both together with knowledgeable dealers and experts who share a passion for period American antiques and decorative arts.  The show has earned a reputation not only as a destination show with quality merchandise but also as an educational experience for visitors.

                NEW: On Sunday, March 23 at 10 am there will be a special tour of the Connecticut State Armory prior to the showing opening at 11 am. The price of the tour is included in admission.  Learn more about one of Connecticut’s most imposing and majestic landmarks.

As in previous years, the 2014 show will feature presentations by experts in American decorative arts. These “booth chats” have become a popular show offering and this year will showcase  presentations on pre-Revolutionary War silver by Jonathan Trace Antiques; the New York State coverlets of artisan weaver Harry Tyler by James Wm. Lowery, Fine Antiques & Arts; and the hand-carved wooden “butter prints” of the Pennsylvania Dutch by John H. Rogers.  There will be a catered tea room, and free parking in the parking garage directly adjacent to the Armory.

Featured this year in the “Haddam Collects” exhibit will be a collection of early American coverlets owned by Haddam residents. Another special feature of this year’s show – designed to  encourage  young collectors to attend – is that visitors ages 35 and younger will be admitted free after noon on Sunday March 23rd.

The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show benefits the Haddam Historical Society’s educational programming, exhibitions and collections care as well as the preservation of the Thankful Arnold House Museum, which is located on the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail and has one of the state’s designated Historic Gardens. The Haddam Historical Society provides a variety of annual programs, events and educational opportunities for both adults and children including house tours, history walks, exhibits, and workshops.

Additional information about the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show, for which admission is $15, is available at www.ctspringantiquesshow.com or our Facebook page.

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