The recent Civil War Show and Sale of Jan. 5 & 6, 2013 had many antiques of local interest and things not usually found in antique shops here. It seems hard to believe it is the twentieth year for the annual show. It is always well attended and many vendors return year after year.
The show specializes in Civil War weapons, mostly guns and swords. This year there were more antiques in general, from that time period and others. It was a great show for antique collectors and shoppers in general and this is just about as good as it gets for antique shows in Charleston, SC.
One of the exhibitors was from Walterboro and had a lot of Lowcountry antiques including old photographs. He had two large keys that came from the old Charleston Jail. He had old documents as well. Another exhibitor who only sells at antique shows was from Edisto. He had among other things a collection of old books on Charleston and stereograph photography. Some people had old South Carolina bottles. There were a lot of bottles at this show, far better that usually found. Most of the prices were very reasonable.
Stephen Reed Lott who has The Tuckaseigee Trader in Cullowhee, NC was at the show once again with a lot of great things. He had an unusually beautiful large shelf working clock with a classic glass reverse painting of George Washington. That was one of the best things in the show.
Ray Brewer of Coats, NC was there again this year and he had one of the best looking exhibits with some of the most beautiful antique guns that can be found anywhere. Cliff Sophia of C.S. Arms, Inc. also had a large exhibit of very beautiful guns. Larry Mealor of the Sword Depot was there and he restores, buys and sells the very best, most beautiful, swords.
It was held at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant where there is plenty of free parking. The admission fee was only eight dollars. Mike Kent of Mike Kent Shows owns and manages the show. His company produces gun shows all over the country. You can go to his website www.mkshows.com for a schedule of future events. His show will return in January, 2014, a date all antique collectors should definitely have on their collecting calendar.