The Midcoast Antique Study Club is now forming and looking for charter members. A formation and planning meeting will be held Tuesday, April 29, at 6 pm, at the Camden Public Library.

The Midcoast Antique Study Club is modeled on a long standing, successful mid-western group, known as the Dayton Antique Study Club. The purpose of the study club is to bring together serious collectors interested in the scholarly pursuit of 17th- and 18th-century antiques. The group will focus on American furniture and the vast variety of decorative arts that were available in the American colonies, through foreign trade or importation from England.

Collectors of English, Dutch, German and Portuguese Delft, Majolica, British, French, German and Chinese porcelains, ceramics, glass, silver, paktong, pewter, brass, iron, early lighting, textiles, quilts, samplers, maps, prints, paintings, and other early items are encouraged to participate. Collectors with an interest in early 19th-century items of the Federal, Hepplewhite, or Sheraton period may also participate, but the primary focus will be on earlier pieces.

In addition to promoting a better understanding of individual items, the group will focus on how these early furnishings and decorative arts fit into their historic and cultural context, the prevailing architectural design preference of the time, and the historic vernacular in which particular pieces of furniture were built, sold, and used.

The goal will be to provide a forum for members to share information about their collections, an opportunity to network with fellow collectors and benefit from their collecting experience, and a pool of financial resources (in the form of dues) that will allow the group to bring in respected and authoritative speakers from widely recognized museums and institutions, as well as private individuals who have been identified as scholars or authorities in particular collecting areas. Members will also have the opportunity to present papers or programs to the group.

The meeting on April 29 will serve as a means of identifying potential members, assessing particular areas of interest, and laying the basic structure and schedule for future meetings. There is no obligation to join the club if you attend the meeting. Long-standing collectors, and novice collectors with a serious interest but limited collecting experience are encouraged to participate. The meeting is not a Camden Public Library event. This event is privately sponsored and there is no charge to attend the meeting.

For more information, contact 230-7141 or email