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March 23 and 24, 2019

Arts and Objects Through the Ages

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

Hartford Armory, 360 Broad Street, Hartford, CT

$15 Admission (good for both days)
Adjacent FREE Parking
On-site Tea Room and Refreshments

“One of the most important authentic American antiques shows in the nation” - Antiques and the Arts Weekly

The 46 th Annual Connecticut Spring Show bringing
Arts and Objects Through the Ages

Offering a mix of antiques, fine and decorative arts, the Connecticut Spring Show returns to Hartford on March 23 and 24, 2019. Located in the historic Hartford Armory, the show celebrates its 46 th year with 50 of the best antiques and art dealers in the country. In order to stay relevant in a fast-paced, changing world the show will offer a more diverse selection of goods while staying true to its early American niche.

The 2019 Hartford Show will feature a millennials perspective to the world of antiques and arts. Kate Avery, artist, furniture designer, painter, blogger and influencer, is on tap to share her knowledge and design savvy with a fresh twist. She will show how to incorporate that unique and special antique object into a 21 st century setting and how to curate a space as a reflection of your individuality and style. Although known for her re-furbished painted furniture, Kate has a deep understanding and respect for the exceptional and unique pieces found at the Connecticut Spring Show. Her talk “Fresh Design with Antiques” will take place Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm and is included in admission.

The weekend will feature other educational programs and on Sunday, March 24 visitor’s age 35 and younger will receive free admission. Area museums will be showcased to highlight Hartford’s numerous cultural venues which make the city a desirable destination.




History of the Connecticut Spring Show

The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show was founded in 1973 by the late Frances Walker Phipps, who with Betty Forbes was responsible for establishing it as one of the country's most important venues of authentic early American furniture. A long time Higganum resident, Miss Phipps wrote about antiques for The Hartford Times and New York Times and published many important works including "The ollector's Complete Dictionary of American Antiques" and "Colonial Kitchens, Their Furnishings and Gardens." Miss Phipps was also a founding member of the Haddam Historical Society and was instrumental in the restoration of the Thankful Arnold House Museum.

Miss Phipps chaired the show from its inception in 1974 until her death in 1986. When she started the show she stipulated that furniture shown must be American made prior to the year 1840 (prior to the age of mass production). It was said she had sole and absolute right to decide who could exhibit, and what and how, which at times generated controversy. However, it was her sharp-eyed supervision that kept the show unparalleled.

For the first 19 years, the show was housed at the Connecticut State Armory in Hartford. Between 1993 and 1996 the Armory underwent an extensive restoration and the show was moved to the University of Hartford. In 1997 the show returned to the Armory for a five- year stay, however following the events of September 11, 2001, the Armory was closed to public events for security reasons. Between 2002 and 2011 the show was held at the Expo Center just north of downtown Hartford. In 2012 we traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts to celebrate our 39th year at the Eastern States Exposition.

The show triumphantly returned to the Hartford Armory in 2013 and is thrilled to host this important venue of American furniture, folk art, fine art, and other decorative arts in this architecturally beautiful building.

The show continues to have exacting standards and is recognized as one of the finest exhibitions of early American made furniture and accessories. For further information please call 860-345-2400.


Show Chair:
Tracy LaComb

Show Treasurer
Terry Smith

Show Manager:

Karen DiSaia
Floor Design:

Gail Christie
Advertising and Marketing:

Tracy LaComb

Dealer Lunch: Debbie Karpf

Volunteer Chair:

Amy Roper
Community Cultural Liason
Tim Jarrell

Haddam Historical Society Executive Director:

Elizabeth Malloy

Show Program

Bill Schneider and Elizabeth Malloy

Show Chair Emeritus:

Beryl Whitmore Thorpe
Rusty Clowes and Mary Bird


Emily Smith

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