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iconnumber posted 11-20-2000 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Eastern National Antique Show, at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, PA, is a three day show, put on twice a year in late April and late November. It is probably the best show for glass in America; there are almost 350 dealers, featuring some of the finest glass of all types. To put it another way, what Baltimore is to silver, the Eastern National is to glass.

There is certainly a bit of silver, though. Many of the glass dealers bring along some silver, and a few of the big dealers that do Baltimore and Atlantique City were also in attendance. The result was a good, easy 1- day browse, with enough time to scrutinize everything thoroughly.

A few silver highlights:

1) A very special Peter Krider ladle, with an amazing applied heron in flight with an eel in its beak. A great piece of work by an often overlooked maker.

2) Prime authentic serving pieces in Wallace's "Irian" pattern, certainly not something you see every day.

3) An amazing A.E. Warner Baltimore coin ladle, circa 1835, with flat chased handle, repousse chased bowl, and original gilding.

4) Two different Gorham sterling shaving mugs, which are also rather rare.

And a low light...

A dealer, ostensibly a flatware matching service, with a vast number of made-up pieces and outright fakes, including flour scoops, potato forks and hooded asparagus servers. The scoops and servers had handles cast from original hollow-handles, with identical business-ends inserted. It made me rather mad to see flea market stuff like this in an actual antique show. Oh for a vetting committee!

At any rate, if you have anything more than a passing interest in glass, you must get to this show. If you just like silver, it is worth a quick run through, if only because the competition is less intense than at silver-heavy venues.

[This message has been edited by Brent (edited 11-21-2000).]

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