Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags
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District of Columbia

The Washington Antiques Show

Thursday, January 11th - Sunday, January 14th, 2018

I am excited to return this year to the capital of our great nation for the 64th Annual Washington Antiques Show.  Founded in 1954, this is the second oldest charitable show in the United States.  Steeped in history, yet hosted within the modern walls of American University's Katzen Arts Center, the event features more than 40 dealers from across the U.S. and Europe, offering a broad range of antiques and fine arts.  This is DC's premier show and has historically attracted numerous First Ladies and White House curators.

This year's honorary chair is Charlotte Moss, American interior decorator and designer.  This year's theme is "The Charm of Chinoiserie" and the loan exhibit is entitled "In the Chinese Style."

There will be a gala benefit preview on Thursday, January 11th.  To be the first wave of entry at 6:00 pm, tickets are $500/person.  At 6:30 pricing drops to $300 for persons over 40, and $200 for young collectors (age 40 and under).  The preview ends at 9:00 PM.

Proceeds benefit at-risk children and families through services provided by Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC, and The Founders Board of St. John's Community Services.  The WAS has raised over $8 million for chairtable causes since its inception.

Regular show hours are Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-5.  Admission is $25.

Location:  The Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Ward Circle), Washington DC

Special Features:

"Jazz Night" is a feature of the show on Saturday from 6-8 pm, with hors d'oeuvres and live music (free with general show admission).

"Sundaes on Sunday" is a children's event at 1:00 on Sunday.  Children ages 8 to 12 years old are invited to discover the fascinating world of collecting. First, there will be a special tour of the Show and scavenger hunt designed to appeal to their interests. Afterwards, we invite them to make their own ice cream sundaes.  Free with admission to the Show.  Reservations required. Event is limited to 30 children.  For reservations, please call 202-248-7159 or email  (Online reservations not available.)

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new york city

One Man Selling Exhibition

Friday, March 2nd - Sunday, April 29th, 2018

I am delighted to announce that I have been asked to exhibit antique American flags once again at New York's Union League Club.

I will present a wealth of material for sale in the spacious gallery, including antique American flags, political campaign flags, banners and kerchiefs. I am generally not physically present for the entire run of the exhibition, so anyone with a serious interest in acquiring flags should call me to schedule an appointment. I am best reached at either my office 717.502.1281, on my cell 717.676.0545, or via email at

About the Union League
One of the city's most exclusive institutions, the Union League was founded during the Civil War in 1863 by a group of concerned and influential citizens, to aid President Abraham Lincoln in his quest to preserve the Union. Over the past 140 years, the club has quietly rendered distinguished service to the nation. During the Civil War it raised and funded three volunteer regiments. Its members were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870. They played an essential role in the founding of the American Red Cross and helped to erect both the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square. Today one of the primary focuses is the well being of our military veterans.

Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed membership in the ULC, including fifteen Presidents, many Senators and Congressmen, cabinet members, diplomats, and scores of CEO's of major corporations. J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular during the 19th century, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester Arthur, and Thomas Nast. Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club's chambers and chose them as a place to hold interrogations during the time when he served as New York's Chief of Police.

The Union League Club is located at 38 East 37th Street, New York, New York 10016

** Please note that the club rules prohibit jeans and cell phone use in the lobby.  (Cell phone use is fine in the gallery  -- our sincerest thanks for your cooperation.)


Aspen Antiques Show

Saturday, July 7th - Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobiles & Fine Arts Fair will open  on Saturday, July 7th and close on Sunday, July 15th.  Hours are 10-6 daily with the exception of the last day, when the hours are 10-4.

The show is to be held at the Aspen Ice Garden, located at 233 West Hyman Ave.  For those unfamiliar with the layout of the town, know that the Ice Garden is just four blocks from the fountain at the town's center, and three blocks from Wagner Park (a.k.a. the rugby field).  So it could scarcely be more convenient.

This is a small, diverse, high class event and there are always interesting celebrity guests.  For those who have never experienced Aspen in July, know that is an extraordinary time to visit this beautiful Rocky Mountain paradise.  Many say that it is as great in the summer as it is in the winter, and I concur.  There are many special events surrounding July 4th, so be sure to visit the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website for details closer to the event.

My family and I usually decorate a float for the 4th of July parade with many antique flags and I carry an interesting one, which is great fun.  It's a particularly huge and colorful parade and not to be missed if you're a fan of the red, white and blue.

San Francisco

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Wednesday, October 10th - Sunday, October 14th, 2018

I am honored to return for my 9th year to The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. Widely considered to be the best show on the West Coast, the event featuring top dealers from around the globe. The show is rigorously vetted by committees of experts in various fields of antiques, so customers can come and buy with an unusual degree of confidence in authenticity.

Preview Party: The preview party, which benefits the "Enterprise for High School Students" charity, is simply over-the-top—unparalleled in glamour, cuisine, and attendance.  There is a tiered opening for the antique show on Wednesday, October 26th, beginning at 4 p.m.   Tickets at 4:00 require a donation of at least $3,000 for which 2 tickets are received.  At 5:00 p.m. it drops to $2,000 for 2 persons.  At 6:00 p.m. it drops to $800 for 2 persons or 1 ticket at $500.  And at 7:00 p.m. it drops to $500 for 2 tickets or $300 for 1 person.  If you wish to attend this event please call the SFFAS office at (415) 989-9019.

Regular Hours:  Thursday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 12 Noon – 5 PM.  Regular admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Call or email me for comp
tickets for regular admission.

Location:  The show is to be held at Fort Mason Center, located in the beautiful Marina district, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay. I could easily argue that this is the most beautiful location for an antiques show in America.

The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street.  Use 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco in your GPS.  The Festival Pavilion is in the far back corner of the lot, as far as you can go.