ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Atlantic City Antiques Show is as diverse as its host city. Offering everything from large furniture pieces to a wealth of decorative smalls, with a liberal sprinkling of jewelry, vintage advertising, toys and games thrown in for good measure, the show presented buyers with much to view during its run at the Convention Center March 23–24.
“Saturday started a little lighter than expected, but it picked up rapidly and we had a great gate on Saturday with lots of buying,” said show manager Allison Kohler of JMK Shows. Sunday was slow, perhaps due to the nice weather and that it was Palm Sunday, with Kohler noting after the show that some changes are in the works for this show, including a new date.
Only Yesterday of Ocean City, N.J., usually does well here and this time was no exception. “We had an excellent show, we sold some of everything. That has always been the ticket [here] for us,” said dealer Rich Chapman. Selling across the board from glass and china to toys, trains, political and sports, the dealers are known for their diversity. “We always think of us as carrying the deluxe assortment,” he said.
Toy figures from the 1960s sold quickly Saturday, “almost immediately,” and Chapman also wrote sales for several Royal Doulton figures, Staffordshire, pottery, an old German radio and from his stock of vintage magazines.
“It’s the only show we ever do where we can make two trips, because its so close, it allows us to take the van back [to the shop] and throw some more things in... we love the show,” Chapman said.
Bill Union at Art & Antiques Gallery, Worcester, Mass., offered a lovely selection of fine paintings. After the show, the dealer reported he had a decent show, selling mostly American paintings, with novelty paintings and circus scenes proving popular.
Stationed right near the show entrance, William Holland of West Chester, Penn., offered a diverse booth from Louis Icart etchings to charming frames, while across the aisle Chairperson Antiques, Pikesville, Md., featured a Luigi Rossini engraving, “Veduta Del Ponte Mulle Sul Tevere,” one of a set of 101 engravings of ancient Rome, and a pair of Chinese Export Rose Medallion vegetable dishes.
Among the fine bronzes in the booth of Judith Locher Antiques, Akron, Ohio, were a 93/8-inch-tall bronze of a female nude, circa 1900; a pair of Nineteenth Century bronze babies (crying and smiling), signed “Aigon” and a circa 1830 Regency period bronze inkwell with a sleeping cherub.
Memory Lane, Bayside, N.Y., offered showgoers a chance to revisit their childhood. A Snoopy lunchbox recalled school lunches served in metal lunchboxes and glass-lined thermoses. The dealers offered a nice collection of dolls and toys as well.
Choice smalls were plentiful at the show from a fine carved bird in the booth of Top Hat Antiques to a pair of butterfly brooches at Ann & Jack’s Vintage Jewelry, one with ruby and diamonds and the other that looked to be sapphires and diamonds.
Pieces of Tyme of Bala Cynwyd, Penn., offered a trio of vintage Louis Vuitton cases, as well as a choice group of ladies’ handbags, while KC’s Collectibles had a nice grouping of Czech art glass from the early 1900s.
George Hawriluk Antiques, Pittsgrove, N.J., offered a circa 1840classical American Federal carved sofa with swan arms, a pair of Japanesque, Victorian ebonized corner shelves, and a Victorian rococo-style turtletop table, circa 1875. A carved whippet, circa 1920–40, with its original gilt finish on the wood was also a standout.
Also seen at the show was a grouping of Western items, from a Roy Rogers Western Town and Roy Rogers rodeo game to Hopalong Cassidy Chinese Checkers and a store display for Hopalong Cassidy bicycles, in the booth of Terry Collien; a signed illustration of Sandy Koufax on offer from Piedmont Sport Antiques, and attractive pieces of Quimper at Chez Simone.
JMK’s next antiques show will be the Northern Virginia Antiques Show June 22–23. For additional information, www.jmkshows.com or 973-927-2794.