Antique Lovers’ Paradise

Crazyquilt_1 Whether you’re marveling at myriad snippets of fabric crafted together to create a wondrous Victorian crazy quilt (complete with a DAR delegate ribbon) at Betsy Telford’s booth, or gawking at diamonds of J. Lo proportions or a one-of-a-kind ebony and turquoise Buccellati bracelet from Joan Grober, the Montclair Historical Society’s Third Edition Antique Show is — appropriately enough — infused with items rich in history. And history ain’t cheap. A breathtaking Chippendale Irish secretary with a swan’s neck pediment and carved rosettes, (circa 1765-1770), will set you back $42,000. A 8.83 carat fancy yellow diamond ring — over $100,000. If emerald is your color, there’s a signed Tiffany 4 carat stunner for $49,000. Ofcourseican2_1 Still, there were plenty of more reasonable acquisitions, including a great pair of authentic Arts & Crafts lanterns for $3900, or a gorgeous 19th century Tibetan chest, with a motif of mystical dragons and flowers for $4300. Going closer to my price point (hundreds, rather than thousands) was a bit of history that’s now come full circle. Desperate Housewives fans will recognize the image on this poster on sale at the show, the same hard-working, harried gal who makes the opening credits of the show so fun to watch. Dog lovers will get a kick out of an extensive array of ceramic King Charles spaniels (circa 1870). Lanterns_2 If you can afford to buy, or just love to browse and fantasize, the Montclair Historical Society Antique Show is definitely worth the trip. It’s also a great way to support the Montclair Historical Society; folks from the society have a booth at the show. The show is at 200 Cooper Ave, the Woman’s Club in Upper Montclair. Cost is $10 per person; hours are Saturday, 2/26, 11-6 and Sunday, 2/27, 11-5.

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