The 58th Annual Winter Antique Show opens Friday in Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory, attracting an eclectic mix of rare trinkets, fine art and decorative furniture.
The Upper East Side show features 73 exhibitors, and objects on display include a piece by Salvador Dali, letters by Thomas Jefferson and Woody Guthrie, Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington and even a suit of armor.
There is also a loan exhibition on display celebrating the historic Hudson Valley.
"It's the finest show in America. Of all the antique shows that go on, which there are a lot of them, this really is the premier show. It attracts the best collectors," said Laurel Acevedo of Alexander Gallery.
"Everybody saves their best material for this show," said Liz Feld of Hirschl and Adler. "We get a really wonderful, devoted clientele who come here year after year, private individuals, museum curators, people who are excited about art and antiques."
Another notable item being put on display is the only known copy of the Federal Budget for 1798, which at that time totaled just over $10 million.
"We brought it out because it is a moment in time related to something that we own and it helps you to understand our present, if you can look back and understand our past," Acevedo said.
The show was created in 1955 by the East Side House Settlement, which provides social services to the South Bronx community.
All net proceeds from ticket sales support the organization.
The show at East 67th Street and Park Avenue runs through January 29 and tickets are $20. For more information, visit winterantiquesshow.com.