Bill Schwind describes himself as an “old-fashioned New England dealer,” one with a broad range of interests.  He established W. M. Schwind, Jr. Antiques and Fine Art 46 years ago. Bill is a Harvard-trained art historian and his wife, Arlene Palmer Schwind, is a recognized authority in the field of glass and ceramics. The collection in their shop in Yarmouth, Maine reflects

Parian Pitcher, from W. M. Schwind, Jr.

their diverse interests and expertise.  They exhibit in numerous shows around the country, providing antiques and fine art to serious collectors, museums, interior designers and “people who want to furnish their homes with beautiful things from the past.”

Their collection is a showcase of antique glass, hooked and oriental rugs, a ceramics collection of porcelain and earthenware that date from 1680 to 1925, antique and vintage jewelry, unique accessories, and American, English, and Asian furniture from 1700-1950.  Bill has been exhibiting at The Main Line Antiques Show since its inception, and once again plans to bring a variety of unique items that reflect the depth and range of their interests in each of these categories.

When asked about his experience with The Main Line Antiques Show, Bill is very enthusiastic.  “Philadelphia deserves a great antiques show.  This show is in everyone’s back yard. It’s a golden location. So easy for everyone–so comfortable.”

Glass Compote,
from W. M. Schwind, Jr.

Bill continues, “What makes this show so special and so successful is that people love the beneficiary.  I hear it all the time at the show—people talk about it. As people get older, they want to stay in their own homes, and Surrey helps them do that.  It really resonates with people. I’ve been on both sides of this, because I chair the longest running summer show in the country, the Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn, in Ellsworth, Maine.” (That show benefits the Woodlawn Museum, where Bill is a Museum Trustee.)

Triple overlay cut glass vase, from W. M. Schwind Jr.

Bill says, “A show is only as good as the volunteers and the committee.   Everyone is working together for it to be a hit, and it benefits everybody, including Surrey. It is the right charity for the show. The Main Line Antiques Show is getting better every year. The lecture series is excellent. We are looking forward to “Gardens, Past and Present,” and another wonderful show this year.”