The 56th Antiques Show kicked off Friday morning with
22 tables holding myriad vintage trinkets and artifacts.
“It’s a very well-oiled machine,” director Edie Dance
said. “It’s got a great reputation.”
And that reputation has drawn 25 antiques dealers
from as far as San Antonio and as near as Gulf Breeze.
Items on the show floor range from silver flatware to
furniture to Civil War-era weaponry.
“That’s one of the first carbines of the Civil War,”
dealer Larry Lobelle said, motioning toward a polished rifle among an assortment of rare weapons, American flags and 19th century literature.
Lobelle and his wife, Joyce, of Wellington, Ala.,
have been collecting and selling antiques for 30 years but said they were inspired by a close friend, Jess Smith, to collect the Civil War artifacts about a decade ago. Smith died in 2001, the couple said.
“His passion was the Civil War,” Lobelle said.
Dealer Louise Doggett of Mobile has a passion for
silver, with several thousand pieces of flatware and hollow ware glistening from