Brandywine River Museum Show May 23-25

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – Thirty-one antique dealers will showcase American and English furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics folk art, quilts, Oriental and European porcelain, rugs, and other fine collectibles at the 38th Annual Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

Several dealers will share their “Passion for Collecting” through special talks in their booths. Topics include antiques for the garden, the differences between New England and Mid-Atlantic furniture, the origin of the looking glass, and collecting folk art. These 30-minute talks are free with admission and will take place on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The exhibition Everyman’s Metal: 17th-, 18th- and 19th-Century Pewter in America will be on view. Buttons, buckles, dishes, lamps, cups, cutlery, cuspidors and chamber pots formed from this versatile metal will be on display, which explores the integral part pewter played in most early American households.

On Saturday, May 23, Wayne Hilt, a pewter restorer, appraiser and collector, will share his expertise and lead a tour of the exhibition. Richard Graver, a West Chester pewter maker, will speak about pewter manufacturing. The $25 fee includes the tour, breakfast and admission to the Antiques Show. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

The Antiques Show is hosted by museum volunteers, and all proceeds benefit their Art Purchase Fund, which has added more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the museum’s holdings since 1975.

For information call 610-388-8318 or visit