Collectible History At The Brazos Center

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The Brazos Center is filled with fine works of craftsmanship from all across the world from collectors across the country. And their beauty is obvious.

Luke Peace is an antiques dealer from Missouri and he is one of 45 exhibitors at the annual Continential Shows Antiques Sale being held in Bryan. He collects furniture, antique guns, along with handed painted and blown pieces of glass.

And Peace said he enjoys the creator's attention to the smallest element.

"That is somebody's artistry," Peace said. "Somebody that really wanted fine detail."

Peace said antique shows like the one being held at the Brazos Center, offer people the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful, one of a kind artwork ever created.

With 15 years of experience, Peace has has essential knowledge on what makes antiques, like a Balik tea setting, valuable.

"Balik only comes from England, one place in England. It is a certain type of clay that is used for the Balik color," Peace said. " No pieces of Balik ever come out of the factory that are broken."

Michigan antiques dealer, Maurice Fulkerson, collects carnival glass. He said collectibles can hold some surprisingly interesting stories.

Fulkerson said carnival glass that was made from 1905 to 1918 holds such an anecdote.

"People wanted something colorful so they started making this real colorful glass," Fulkerson said. "And a lot of people called it the poor man's Tiffany because it was very cheap at the time at the turn of the century and now a lot of it is more expensive stories."

Both Fulkerson and Luke Peace agree, that the antique show is a wonderful place for beginning and seasoned collectors to met, exchange tips, and just visit. But the best part, they said, is talking with antique enthusiast.