Atlantic City Antiques Show returns Oct. 13

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Old-Paris-porcelain-set A three piece Paris Porcelain mantel set, c. 1840 in excellent condition and of large-scale proportions. Lochner Antiques.

In 2010, JMK Shows, headed by Allison Kohler, took over the famous Atlantic City Antiques Show after the previous owners decided not to run it any more. Under Kohler’s direction, this ever-popular show continues to have an immense diversity of merchandise, a high energy level, and is always well attended.

The show, originally held twice a year, was cut back to one show in March for the past two years. This year, Kohler decided to revive the fall show, which will run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at the Atlantic City Convention Center at One Convention Boulevard in Atlantic City.

Tickets to the show are $15 for one day, $25 for both days, and $30 for an early buying weekend pass.

“We’ve been working tirelessly to revitalize, reinvigorate, and re-establish what was once a major event that collectors from all over the world attended," said Kohler. "The Governor’s Office of New Jersey has also been running a major campaign to recreate Atlantic City into a major resort destination.”

Kohler’s shows are known for more than just rows of booths. There are always special features, and Atlantic City is no exception.

Wade Nulton will host a glass repair clinic to make chipped and damaged glass new and usable again. From grinding off rough edges to replacing stoppers in perfume bottles, Wade’s work is done with precision and artistry. He also has a technique to restore “sick” glass that has turned milky or cloudy. With his special tumbling method, he can bring it back to its original clear surface.

A panel of appraisers will be available to value items. Linda Roberts of White Orchid Appraisals, LLC is an accredited appraiser in the International Society of Appraisers, and can help with items in many different categories. Dorothy Hunt, owner and head auctioneer of Sweetbriar Auctions, is a specialist with 35 years of experience in valuing and auctioning dolls. The cost for appraisal is $5 per item.

There will be many booths filled with traditional antiques as well as toys, dolls, collectibles and jewelry.

Bruce Horton and his partner, Daniel Charest, of Bridgeport, Pa, will be exhibiting their usual eclectic display of period fine art, furniture, bronzes and decorative art. They have been buying and selling antiques for over 25 years and are primarily show dealers.

Bernice Conn of Voorhees will have an interesting display featuring vanity items. These include powder bowls, rouge jars, scent bottles, and other items on a lady’s vanity.

“In the Victorian period they were sterling, Edwardians used tortoise, and the art deco period was enamel,” Conn said.

Conn will also be showing walking sticks, student lamps, small furniture, oil paintings and samplers. This will be her first time back after an absence of several years.

Judith and George Locher of Akron, Ohio, will display a wonderful three-piece Old Paris Porcelain mantel set, c. 1840. They will also be showing a 33-inch tall Satsuma vase and a charming Parian porcelain figure of a baby sleeping in a little brass bed. Other items include bronzes, clocks and a collection of small jeweled trinket boxes.

Scott Rosenman of Baltimore, Md., a specialist in vintage advertising, will have vintage serving trays, thermometers, product displays, calendars, pocket mirrors, and signs made of porcelain, tin and cardboard. He is one of the foremost dealers in the country in Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola items. All his items are original and date from 1890 to 1950. He has been doing the Atlantic City show since 1996.

Obnoxious Antiques, run by John Polito of Burlington, likes things unusual and strange. He’s been dealing for over 40 years, and carries carnival items, circus memorabilia, gambling machines, fiberglass animals and coin-operated machines.

“Probably what people don’t think much about buying or selling, we buy and sell,” he said.

To prove his point, Polito will be bringing a large fiberglass gorilla from the “Rain Forest Car Wash” in the Midwest, a collection of vintage puppets which were purchased from a third-generation puppeteer, and a porcelain hand dryer that was used in a public rest room in the 1930s.

“It’s still functional,” he said.

If you’re looking for hand-painted porcelain, you’ll want to visit Gardner Burke Antiques. The owners, Camilla and Kathleen, are sisters whose specialties include Limoges, American Belleek, Pickard, and a variety of crystal vases, perfume bottles and glassware. Their knowledge shines through as they share their wares with the public.

Pottery enthusiasts can find what they love at Barbara Gerr Antiques. Gerr and her partner Arnie Small have been exhibitors at Atlantic City since 1995, dealing in American art pottery and specializing in Roseville, Weller, Rookwood, Newcomb and Grueby. They also carry a large selection of arts and crafts pottery, Pilin pottery, southern pottery, and oak-framed arts and crafts tiles. On display will be Newcomb College pottery, including a rare 6-inch vase in a classic large ball form, decorated in signature Newcomb moon and moss style, and glazed in a gorgeous rich deep blue and lavender combination. Amazingly, it still has its original paper label with the date code for 1932.

Sharon Wendrow of Bayside, N.Y. has been doing Atlantic City for at least 20 years. Her business, Memory Lane, specializes in dolls, toys and World’s Fair material. Among her offerings will be a late-1960s Thumbelina doll in its original box (made by Ideal Toy Company, who also made Shirley Temple, Tammy, Judy Garland, and Deanna Durbin dolls). Very innovative for its time, Thumbelina has a turnable button to make it wiggle just like a real baby. Wendrow will also be bringing Ginny dolls, Alexander dolls in their original boxes, several Anna Lee dolls from the 1980s.

This exciting venue will be filled with all sorts of collectibles, with dealers in toys, jewelry, silver, crystal, pottery, and much more. This is truly a show where discoveries can be made, and whatever you are looking for, you will most likely find.

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