Where only two appraisers volunteered their services for the first fair, the February event with its demonstrations of historic items, silent auction and refreshments have become a major fund-raiser for the local museum. This year seven appraisers will be available to judge a large variety of items ranging from general antiques, old guns and military weapons; documents, paper items and coins; figurines, glassware, and kitchen ware; oil lamps and toys; jewelry, buttons, and Civil War artifacts.
One item will be appraised for $10, three for $20.
Certificates will be presented for: 1) the Most Unusual Entry, 2) the Most Historical (or oldest) Entry; and the 3) Most Exceptional Entry (if applicable.)
Demonstrations will include Terry Smith with Civil War artifacts, Randy Adkinson with his Gilmer and Rhonesboro Pottery collection, Gary Moore with homemade pens and knives, Teena Foster with horseshoe art, wooden boxes, and homemade soaps, Omega McCellon’s vintage Coca Cola memorabilia, and Bill Taylor demonstrating hand-made pottery.
The silent auction will include vintage cookbooks, glassware, commemorative plates from the Gilmer National Bank, the First United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church, a money bag from the Farmers and Merchants National Bank, elegantly dressed restored doll, and many other items.
Tickets will be raffled for a stay at the Corinthian House Bed and Breakfast in Dallas. Built in 1905, the Corinthian received an award for its restoration and has fine, antique filled suites. A gourmet breakfast helps conclude ones stay.
Additional raffles will be for a $50 gift card at Los Pinos Winery and for two $25 gift cards at River Bend Catfish Restaurant at Caddo Lake.
Appraisers this year include: Mark Feller of Longview with expertise in antiques generally, paper goods, and collectibles; the Rev. Richard Laster, who is president this year of the Texas Numismatic Association and has expertise on coins, paper money and paper documents; and Renee Huddle of Canton who has been highlighted in Southern Living magazine as one of the must see dealers at Canton’s First Monday.
Tomm Moss and John Ramsey of Jefferson from the Mason-Dixon Line Antique Store specialize in old guns, military items, and weapons.
Appraiser Peggy Randall of Longview has been a longtime dealer in general antiques, figurines, glassware, and kitchenware.
Joe Saxon of Big Sandy has been an antique dealer for 44 years. In addition to general antiques, he brings special expertise on oil lamps and toys.
New this year is Keith Wills of East Texas Metal Detectors who was featured in Life Magazine in 2004 as a top treasure hunter. He has 50 years of experience in judging coins, jewelry, buttons, and Civil War items.
Anyone wishing to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact the museum at 903-843-5483.