MHS antiques show offers sale of fine and folk-art furnishings

November 07, 1992|By Lisa Wiseman | Lisa Wiseman,Staff Writer

Whether you're a serious antiques collector or someone who's just looking for something unique, you'll probably find it at the Maryland Historical Society's 15th annual Maryland Antiques Show. The show runs today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets.

More than 50 dealers from around the country will showcase antique furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, folk art, rugs, prints, jewelry and other collectibles ranging from low-ticket items to top-of-the-line merchandise. This year's show will offer such finds as a doll house modeled after the resort homes of Cape May, dessert services, beautifully ornate rifles and marine items such as handcrafted model boats.

There will also be a silent auction of antiques, collectors' items, even vacations at private resort homes.

An exhibition, "Rococo in Maryland: Early Beginnings, Late Survival," is on loan from the Historical Society's museum.

Rococo, an ornate 18th century design, was greatly valued, particularly in the Baltimore area, and remained popular in Maryland after it was no longer in style. "It was a great era of splendor," Penny Jones, the show's manager, said. "It was very chic to have rococo. Baltimore was a wealthy port, and all the well-known families in Maryland had rococo."

And if you want to learn more about antique collecting, come an hour early on Saturday for a guided tour of the show with some experts from area museums. Participants can choose a tour for beginning or experienced collectors. Beginners will be able to talk to dealers and learn more about what to look for when buying antiques. "You can find out everything you wanted to know about antiques but were afraid to ask," said Paula Dozier, of the Maryland Historical Society. "And unlike a museum, you can touch the merchandise here," she added.

The tour is $25 and includes admission to the show on Saturday and a show catalog. General admission to the show is $7 each day. The show is the Historical Society's largest fund-raiser, with proceeds going toward educational and public programs serving school children and other visitors. For more information about the show, call (410) 462-3233.

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