An eye-catching antiques show is the ever-popular Pheasant Run Antiques Show (now in its ninth season) in St. Charles, Ill. About 175 dealers from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the event, which began Friday and ends today. The site will be the Pheasant Run Resort and Ballroom on North Avenue. Admission is $5; parking is free. For information phone (708) 515-1160.
The show includes antiques in every category and price range.
If it's Flow Blue china you're attracted and addicted to, you'll not be able to resist the "Blue"-tiful selection at Nickerson's Antiques booth, where Carolyn Nickerson -- to whom you may write at P.O. Box 51, Eldon, Mo. 65026, or phone at (314) 392-3281 -- will also offer a smattering of magnificent majolica and art pottery.
Collectors belong to the Flow Blue International Collectors' Club, which offers an annual membership and informative bimonthly Blue Notes publication for $30. Write to Rosemary Wright, Vice President, 1405 Valley Road, Bannockburn, Ill. 60015.
Books on Flow Blue are available from JO-D Books, 81 Willard Terrace, Stamford, Conn. 06903; phone (203) 322-0568. Ask for "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Flow Blue China," by Mary Frank Gaston, for $21.95 postpaid in a hardcover edition with prices. Petra Williams' "Flow Blue China-Book I," "Flow Blue China-Book II" and "Flow Blue China and Mulberry Ware" are $19.95 each postpaid.
But if it's Haviland you must have, you'll find a fine and fancy selection at Streety's Antiques booth. You may write to Earl and Beulah Streifthau at 1798 Midlothian St., Sarasota, Fla. 34234, or phone at (813) 351-1148, regarding patterns or pieces you're looking to match or buy.
On the other hand, if you're looking to match old pattern glass pieces, or to learn how to distinguish the authentic from the reproduced, stop and see the classy-glassy items at the Lamplight & Old Glass booth, where you're sure to take a shine to Nancy Smith's stunning selection. You can write to her at P.O. Box 6192, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506, or phone her at (616) 942-0645.
Old kerosene and oil lamps spark many a collector's interest. Stop by and see the various examples at the fascinating and fancy Memories of the Past booth, which offers Victori
an furniture, hand-painted china and accessories for Victoriana lovers. Or write the shop at 1227 Hawthorne Ave., Janesville, Wis. 53545; phone (608) 754-6889.
If delftware is what you desire, you'll find early exquisite pieces too hard to resist along with gorgeous 18th and 19th century furniture and accessories in Evan Sommerfeld's booth, or write him at 317 W. 3rd St., Madison, Ind. 47250; phone (812) 265-6801.