The 31st annual Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale will be held Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Started and promoted all these years by John and Liz DeSimone of Goosefare Antiques & Promotions, the Camden show has been the premier antiques show in Maine for early 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century furniture, Americana and accessories. This year’s show will feature 56 antiques dealers specializing in American and English furniture, antique silver, marine antiques, decoys, sporting antiques, and shorebirds, Staffordshire, Flow Blue, quimper, Americana, and early hearth equipment. The show will now have 56 booths from nine states selling antiques in every area of the antiques market. Returning dealers in early painted furniture and Americana from Maine include Patricia Stauble Antiques, Patricia Ann Breame, and Hermitage Antiques.

The Camden Show is not, however, just a country furniture show. Exhibitors will also have antique and estate jewelry, fine glass and china, silver, early soft paste, pottery, brass, copper, and pewter, quilts and other textiles, antiquarian books and prints. Grantiques will have large displays of antique and estate jewelry, and silver. A significant amount of fine glass and china can be found in the booths of Stonewall Farm Antiques and Wilma’s Antiques, both from Maine. Returning for another year, exhibitors in formal and country furniture, folk art, and country accessories include the Reynolds, New England Antiques, Bill Quinn, Robert Foley, and Garland Antiques, all from Maine. Rounding out the show will be returning exhibitors Witts End Antiques from New York who will be bringing 18th- and 19th-century furniture and Hudson River Valley Paintings; Hermitage Antiques, specializing in early tall clocks; and R. C. Bowen with English smalls. These are only a few of the 56 dealers; there will also be others exhibiting prints, paintings, Oriental rugs, silver, and decorator items. New dealers this year will include Woodsview Antiques, Douglas Ramsay, George and Barbara Peckham from Cape Cod and Wenham Cross Antiques, all from Massachusetts, bringing country primitives and Americana, Period Antiques LLC from Indiana, both bringing 18th- and 19th-century furniture and accessories, and Colleen Kinloch from Maryland also bringing fine Americana.

The Camden show will also welcome returning exhibitors Roger Pheulpin, who specializes in early silver and ceramics; Malchione’s Sporting Antiques from Pennsylvania, with a large display of decoys and sporting antiques; Shirley Chambers from Massachusetts and Greg Hamilton from Vermont, both bringing 19th-century furniture and Americana; and Martha Coulbourn with lamps, silver and decorative accessories.

Visitors will find an exciting variety of antiques in all price ranges and with the quality that the Camden show patrons have come to expect over the years.

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society uses the proceeds from the show to help fund its many local projects. Among them is The Conway House, the society’s museum located on Route 1 south of the village, where visitors are welcome from Mondays to Fridays. Another favorite of show-goers is the food. The antiques show will again be catered with lunch and snacks available. Adult admission is $7 each ($6 with the ad appearing elsewhere in this paper) and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call Goosefare at 800-641-6908.