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Wisconsin Antiques Dealers' Association marking 40th annual Winter Show

The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers' Association is gearing up for its annual Winter Show, set for Feb. 7-8, featuring more than 50 hand-picked dealers.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Authenticity, condition and rarity are the guidelines for merchandise offered for sale Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, 2014, at the 40th consecutive Winter Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association Show. Fifty-six carefully chosen antiques professionals from eight states are participating by bringing their fresh-to-market wares to the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.

Exhibitor Lyle Drier Antiques (Booth 35) is offering for sale a variety of hard-to-find bells, including horse bells, muffineers, fancy tap bells and many more; a framed heart-in-hand love token (just in time for Valentine’s Day); a Red Wing Pottery bulldog and a Wallace Nutting plate with original paper label.

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Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association's 40th Winter Show is set for Feb. 7-8, 2014

Angus Antiques (Booth 12) will bring a seldom-found “Reed Volunteer” boat, patented 1872 by Reed Toy Company, Leominster, Massachusetts, along with many other unusual toys, games and dolls.

Pipsqueak & Me (Booth 31) is bringing a two-piece step-back cupboard with original, untouched, alligatored surface over red stain, circa 1870, from Argyle, Wisconsin, as well as a collection of 19th century Hoods Sarsaparilla calendars with excellent color and little wear.

The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association (W.A.D.A.) was formed in 1948, making it the oldest, continually functioning state antiques organization in America. The non-profit is dedicated to preserving Wisconsin’s heritage and to providing ongoing education – thus their free educational exhibit, “Native Americana,” representing 30-plus years of collecting by a Wisconsin resident.

The Waukesha County Expo Center’s Forum Building, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, is the home of this event. Show hours are Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission of $6 funds scholarships for Wisconsin high school students as well as grants to Wisconsin historic and heritage groups. A $1 off admission discount coupon is available at