The annual Charleston Civil War Show & Sale 2012 was held on Jan. 7- 8, 2012. There were many excellent exhibitors. The main emphasis of the show is Civil War guns and swords, however all kinds of antiques can be found there including photography, ceramics and bottles. Exhibitors come from all over the country and the two day show was well attended. It was held for the first time at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant where there is plenty of parking.
Larry Mealor had a beautiful display of swords and guns on a red cloth background. He is from Adairsville, GA and calls his business The Sword Depot. He also does restoration himself and appraisals. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Jack Flack had some of the best looking museum quality guns in the show. They were displayed on a linen type cloth that went well with the colors of the woods and metals. They were all very authentic looking, in beautiful condition, although not overly restored.
Bob French of Robert Eric French Antiques and American had an exceptional glass and bottle collection. He is from Portland, ME.
Jim Arnett calls his business Palmetto Presence. He had a lot of Charleston and Lowcountry antiques. His specialty is books on the Lowcountry that he has been collecting for years. He lives at Edisto and only does a few shows a year. He also had some Charleston made silver.
The Charleston Civil War Shows are held by Mike Kent Shows. He is having a similar show, the Charleston Gun & Knife Show on Feb. 18-19, 2012 in Ladson, SC. He will be having other shows in Columbia and Florence, SC this year. For a complete schedule go to his website www.mkentshows.com.
Pictures of the show and the best things there can be found at www.clydeantique.com, the website on antique shopping in Charleston, SC.