Article Published: Oct. 25, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 29, 2012
A crisp, autumn weekend high in the mountains of North Carolina paints the setting for the 40th annual Boone Antiques Show and Sale.
The annual event will be held at the National Guard Armory, located at 274 Hunting Hills Lane, in Boone Oct. 26, 27 and 28.
According to organizers, the show will be filled with “wonderful decorative treasures of all types. If you have interest in fine art and antiques, this should be a treat. This show is a very high quality show, offering for sale fine antiques at realistic prices.”
Event organizers said the exhibitors are carefully selected, based upon their knowledge and reputations, many of who are well known in their specialty field, often lecturing at museums and conferences throughout the country, adding, “Many will bring exquisite, museum quality merchandise for the investment buyers, while others will have fascinating and unique items for the beginning collectors. The exhibitors will be happy to answer your questions about your special pieces.”
Many dealers exhibit in the show every year, bringing special items for their customers in the area, but this year, in addition to the dealers who come regularly, there will be new dealers new to the area.
One such is Betty Kinnard, from Florida, who will bring estate jewelry. Her husband, Bob Kinnard, specializes in small military collectibles, such as old medals and pins. He also carries old political items, like presidential candidate pins.
Another new dealer this year will be Joseph Kinney from Pinehurst. Kinney specializes in fine art. He will bring an eclectic collection of oil paintings that date from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. He will have a wide variety of paintings.
John Wanat from Indianapolis, Ind., has never been in the High Country area before. He specializes in hand-painted porcelains, cut glass, art glass and other decorative items.
This year, the show will have three dealers from the Boone area participating. John Forster from Blowing Rock specializes in antique barometers, clocks and scientific instruments.
Dan Zafren, who also is a well-known author, resides in West Jefferson and will have a booth filled with items, like music boxes, musical instruments, clocks and more.
Len Harmon, from Vilas, has participated in the show for many years. He offers a wide selection of fine antiques, including North Carolina pottery, sterling silver mint julep cups, stemmed goblets and serving pieces. He also carries fine porcelain, cut glass, art glass, oil paintings and some rare books.
Status Symbol, a company out of Virginia, will have a wide selection of antique furniture, as well as lamps and decorative items.
Larry Engal from Florida will return with his collections of fine sterling silver flatware in a variety of patterns. He will also have old coins, antique jewelry, porcelains, art glass and German beer steins.
The show will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at the National Guard Armory at 274 Hunting Hills Lane in Boone, just off State Farm Road. Admission is $6 for adults and is valid for all three days of the show. Children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (843) 849-1949.