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Annual mid winter antiques show reveals some of its gems

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Shelly Birkelo
January 6, 2013

— Antique enthusiasts waited Saturday morning to gain entry into this weekend's Southern Wisconsin Mid-Winter Antiques Show and Sale.

Thirty-five experienced dealers, who were selling furniture, jewelry, glass, art, primitives, pottery, linens and more, were featured at the 37th annual event.

A visit to the first day of the two-day event, which continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, revealed some of the more interesting items for sale.

Here's what was found:

1. Juliana belt/necklace. This versatile, colorful piece is the hottest item in costume jewelry today, according to Frances Rosenau of Times Treasures Antiques, Portage.

Made during the late 1950s by one of this country's most prolific jewelry companies—Delissa & Elster Co. of New York—this necklace was a belt that was converted into a long necklace with a removable pendant that also can be worn as a pin or scarf ring, Rosenau said.

The piece would have sold for less than $10 new. Today it carries a hefty $425 price tag.

“One of the last major pieces of Juliana I sold in Texas was a necklace and earring set for $1,000,” Rosenau said.

2.Platform shoes. These size 10 turquoise/mustard/burgundy leather shoes made a Rockford, Ill., man who bought and wore them in the mid 1970s stand a little bit taller.

Kelly Darden of Kelly's Vintage Fashions, Roscoe, Ill., said she bought the shoes from their original owner, who probably paid around $45 for them, wore them during the disco era and just didn't want them anymore.

So when she bought his mother's estate, she also bought these soulful shoes that she is now selling for $100.

“They're real bizarre, here and not in the garbage,” she said.

3.A button accordion. The 1930s musical instrument, which is in excellent condition and comes with its original case, is being showcased for the first time by Ted Slaton, Berlin, who bought it a month ago.

“It's a beautiful piece, a good playing box and came from a Wisconsin Rapids estate sale,” he said.

Although similar abalone inlay squeeze boxes with metal-plated leather baffles can sell for up to $800, Slaton said he priced it at $495, according to what he paid for it.

4.A 1967 Packers pennant. This world champion's pennant is a rare find. Janesville's Burdette Erickson bought it six months ago out of a home in La Crosse.

What makes it rare, he said, is that the pennant features a team photo on the front and all of the players' names on the back.

Like other Packers' memorabilia, Erickson said, “it's highly sought after and sells everywhere.”

5.Hoge Fire Chief Car. This 1930s metal wind-up toy is “highly collectible and difficult to find,” said Linda Kallas from Out on the Farm, Green Lake, which specializes in antique toys and stoneware.

Purchased from an individual from central Wisconsin, the spring-powered toy moves in a circle. Two batteries power its headlights and siren. Dennis Kallas said the sale price of $650 would appeal to a collector looking for an all-original toy.

6.Eugene the Jeep. This wood-jointed toy is a Popeye comic strip character Jim Tyne of DeKalb, Ill., bought at the St. Charles (Illinois) Antique Mall.

“I was working in the shop that day, knew the character because I've been an old comic strip fan since I was a boy, so I made the seller an offer,” he said. Yet Tyne is willing to part with the comic book reproduction to anyone willing to spend $250.



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