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Kauffman Museum hosts sixth annual Antiques To Go Show

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- If you’ve always wanted to know more about that old quilt in your closet or a treasured piece of Grandma’s china, bring it to Kauffman Museum on Saturday, Oct. 16. Identification of antiques is the focus of the sixth annual Antiques To Go Show, from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. that day. Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-16.

Community and area residents are invited to bring their antiques to the museum to learn about age, rarity and manufacture. From 10:30-1:30, local collectors will share their expertise and examples from their collections. Volunteers will be at four computer stations to research unusual items.

New this year will be black (African-American) memorabilia collected by Earl White of Newton, political buttons and Life magazines collected by Merrill Raber of Newton, and Victorian furniture, art and walking sticks collected by David Flask of Halstead.

John Thiesen, Newton, and John Pannabecker, North Newton, will assist with documents in German, Russian, Polish and French. James Shaw, Hutchinson, will provide information on how to conduct patent research.

Other areas of expertise include flow blue china, Hummel figurines and European ceramics, quilts, lace and needlework, medical and pharmaceutical items, jewelry, Native American artifacts, newspapers, magazines and prints, books, stamps, coins, postcards, railroad items, tools and Newton memorabilia.

Ursula and Paul Metsker of Wichita, Fellows of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, are organizing a special display of promotional watches and clocks for this year’s Antiques To Go. In addition, Ursula Metsker will sign copies of Time: A Premium, her 322-page, color-illustrated book published in 2004.

Both the display and the book feature clocks such as Morris the 9-Lives® Cat and the Hamburger Helper® Helping Hand. Watches that promote M&Ms®, and a Wichita Clinic watch, illustrate both the national and local history of advertising timepieces.

At 1:30, John Boldenow of Wichita will present "Trash or Treasure." For two hours, Boldenow will identify and appraise antiques brought by audience members.

Boldenow, a 1971 Newton High School graduate, holds credentials from the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. He has owned Bull Market Antiques in Wichita for some 20 years. In addition to buying and selling on the internet through Art At Large, he handles estate liquidations that include fine arts and/or ethnographic material. His personal collections range from tribal material culture to early American furniture and accessories.

In addition, Boldenow is active in the Wichita arts scene. He received the 2004 Theatre Hall of Fame Award and is currently theatre director for the Wichita Center for the Arts.

Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and Main in North Newton. For more information on Antiques To Go, call (316) 283-1612.

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