Published: August 16, 2011
If there was one word to sum up JMK Shows’ Birchwood Manor Antiques Show, it would have to be lovely.
The show, said to be the longest-running antiques show in New Jersey, again lived up to expectation, making its attractive presentation seem effortless. Elegant estate jewelry competed with dazzling smalls, fine furniture, vintage handbags and antique barometers for attention. Displays were smart and the flow was smooth from booth to booth.
“We were very pleased with the amount of people attending the show and the amount of spending done on the show floor,” said show manager Allison Kohler. “We had some concerns because of the gorgeous weather on our show weekend, after a long period of extremely hot weather. I believe that due to the long, excellent reputation of the show, the public responded very favorably.”
Among the longtime dealers to the show was Art and Antique Gallery, Inc, Worcester, Mass., which had an extensive selection of fine paintings to choose from, including landscapes, still lifes and an especially fetching oil of a pair of hunting dogs in a field.
Mount Washington glass and other choice pieces were highlighted in the booth of Ken and Nancy Miller from nearby Morristown. Glass was also sparkling bright in the booth of Memories Antiques, Dunellen, N.J.
Colophon Books, Layton, N.J., can always be counted on to bring a nice selection of microscopes and scientific instruments, such as the Society of Arts microscope by J. Hicks, London, circa 1870s, that was on hand during the show. The real attention-grabber here, however, was an early Sixteenth Century manuscript antiphonal, likely from France or northern Italy. The book had 86 vellum leaves bound in blind-tooled calf, with 14 signatures, plus an index leaf and two blanks.
Kimerling Antiques, Chappaqua, N.Y., had elegant pieces of Limoges on hand, including a Lunt “Mignonette” fruit set, service for 12, and for hunting enthusiasts, the dealer offered several game-themed pieces.
Jamie’s Antiques, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., offered fine jewelry, mostly Victorian, as well as miniature picture frames. Colorful Bakelite is always popular, and one display case was filled with bracelets and pins.
Barometer Fair, Sarasota, Fla., filled its booth with a variety of barometers, both stick and banjo-style examples. Highlights were an Admiral Fitzroy barometer in wonderful condition, circa 1890, and a very rare “bow front” stick barometer with fine detailing, a full-depth swan neck top pediment, circa 1840. An interesting item featured here that was not a barometer was an attractive working dispenser for Alka Seltzer in great condition, circa 1930, and wonderful graphics that extorted all to “Be Wise, Alkalize.”
Mike Bertelli, Allendale, N.J., offered a large bronze rhino that greeted passersby with a sign that read “I Need a Loving Home.” Hopefully, he will be adopted soon.
“We had a pretty successful weekend and there were many exhibitors who did well,” Kohler said.
JMK shows will continue this stalwart show but in a nod to the economy, the show is changing from being a three-day show to a two-day event, starting with its next edition in January.
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