Antique show fund-raiser opens tomorrow in Annapolis

January 16, 2003|By Dan Harsha | Dan Harsha,SUN STAFF

The London Town Foundation will hold its 33rd annual Annapolis Heritage Antique Show this weekend at Medford National Guard Armory in Annapolis.

The show's 33 dealers - from across the country and one from Britain - specialize in everything from Shaker furniture to glassware and oriental rugs. The proceeds of the three-day event will benefit Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater.

Rose Love of Dawson's Gallery in downtown Annapolis will exhibit works of Lewis Feuchter, a 19th- century, Baltimore-born artist.

"Over the years, our paintings would be best-received at the show," said Love.

Another Annapolis antiques dealer who has regularly appeared at the show is Joan Datesman, owner of Merry Walk Antiques.

"It's the most important show of the new year in the area," said Datesman, who deals in Quimper pottery from Quimper, France. "All the dealers are really experts in their field."

In past years, as many as 3,000 people have turned up at the armory to view the trove of antiques on display and receive valuations of their items from specialist appraisers.

The antique show is the London Town Foundation's largest fund-raising event of the year. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 to $15,000.

Co-chairwomen Susan Dodds and Lila Schwartz have been working since September to get the show off the ground.

"We work practically straight through from Labor Day," Dodds said.

The event begins tomorrow with 35 items that will be featured in a silent auction, among them a golf package at Atlantic Golf in Edgewater and restaurant gift certificates.

Along with the silent auction and exhibitors, the show will offer appraisals for $10.

Joel Litzky, an accredited appraiser and owner of Antique Market Place in Severna Park, will make his third appearance giving appraisals at the show. "You see some really interesting stuff," said Litzky.

A preview party will be held tonight at the armory on Hudson Street. The show runs through Sunday.

Information: 440-222-1919.

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