Antiques Appraisal Opportunity at Annual Silent Auction May 6 to Benefit Richardson-Bates House Museum – Oswego County Today

Pictured, from left, are auction co-chairs Jennifer Bertollini and Mary Kay Stone, as well as Gerald Petro, antiques appraiser and event auctioneer.

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Historical Society (OCHS) will host the 33rd annual “Not So Silent Auction” on Friday, May 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St. in Oswego.

Ticket donation is $20 and will be available for purchase in advance and at the door on the day of the event.

Silent Auction Committee volunteers have been diligently seeking support for this year’s event. All proceeds will go to operational support of the society’s historic Richardson-Bates House Museum.

“This is the historical society’s primary fundraiser,” said auction co-chair Mary Kay Stone. “It has always been a very important event. A successful evening is necessary to maintain this emblematic monument and its collections.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Washington Square Historic District, the Richardson-Bates House is a rare example of a 19th-century Tuscan villa.

“Many costly repairs to the ornate exterior have been carried out over the past few years to preserve the historic integrity of the house and it has been an incredible transformation,” Stone said. “However, we began to uncover several other imperative issues, including our 19th century window frames which were in dire need of repairs. Due to the progress made with the windows, we decided to do further assessments and discovered that there was more need for restoration.This now includes issues such as the large ornate finial that adorns the four-storey tower which has dangerously tipped over and now needs to be repaired and stabilized.

Efforts are made regularly by the Board of Directors and volunteers of the historical society to raise the necessary funds to carry out additional restoration projects inside and out. A recent generous contribution from the City of Oswego from federal funds was received to help with some of the immediate repairs. The ongoing exterior and interior work will also be carried out as part of the society’s annual fundraisers, including this year’s annual auction.

A popular addition to the Silent and Live Auction portions of the event was the Antiques Appraisal and it will be featured once again this year. Each admission ticket will include a free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions in Brewerton, NY. Additional appraisals after the first free appraisal will be $5 each. This will be donated to the OCHS.

“Anyone who loves antiques and has something unique that they have always been curious about and would like to know more about its origin and value will have that opportunity,” said Justin White, Board Trustee and Committee Member. auctions. “If you like popular TV shows that feature antique appraisals, you’ll definitely appreciate having that personal experience provided at auction.”

As a professional auctioneer, Gerald Petro will also lead the live auction of special items. Among the many unique gifts for the auction will be a Hart Bros. stoneware jar. collectible late 19th century with cobalt blue lettering, which was made in Fulton, NY A comprehensive album of vintage Oswego postcards, featuring many years of Oswego landscapes and landmarks.

Another of the unique items that will be featured in the live auction portion of the event this year is a memorabilia replica of legendary Oswego rocker Alvin Bronson. Bronson was an early settler in Oswego and a prominent commission merchant and civic leader. He was the first president of the village of Oswego, then became a senator for the state of New York.

He was instrumental in creating the Oswego Canal and connecting it to the Erie Canal. His leadership and vision put Oswego on the map as a major international port of prosperity. He was commissioned by the United States government as a supply agent for military and naval supplies kept at Oswego during the War of 1812. After the Battle of Oswego in May of 1814, Bronson was captured by the British in the purpose of seizing military supplies.

Legend has it that while Bronson was in his warehouse office sitting in his famous rocking chair, he refused to get up and give confidential information. He was hoisted in his seesaw and put on a flagship for imprisonment at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was eventually released due to the failed attempt by the British, and he successfully requested to keep his rocker.

In 1973, the city of Oswego celebrated its 125th anniversary, having been formed in 1848. The rockers are engraved at the top with the anniversary years, as well as the first seal of the city. Browne-Davis Furniture of Oswego has ordered 125 souvenir replicas of rocker Bronson.

The rocking replicas are labeled by number and have their history under the seat written by Rosemary Nesbitt, longtime Oswego town historian and founder of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum. Nesbitt was a popular storyteller, author, and college professor in the theater department at SUNY Oswego. She wrote a local history book called “The Great Rope” which inspired the idea of ​​replica rockers. The one in the live auction is labeled number one and belonged to Nesbitt. This will make a nice souvenir from Oswego. Other Oswego memories are up for grabs.

“For anyone who appreciates the history of Oswego, particularly the War of 1812 era, will appreciate having this as a reminder of the value of our history and also of the celebration that took place there almost fifty years in 1973,” said Justin White, Oswego County. Historian. “Alvin Bronson was considered the ‘first citizen’ of Oswego, settling there in 1810. He lived to see it from wilderness to thriving port town until his remarkable age of 97 in 1881. We are proud to have the famous original rocker and his fine portrait, commissioned around the same time and attributed to Oswego artist Thomas Wentworth, both are proudly displayed in the museum’s permanent gallery, acknowledging Oswego’s role during the War of 1812… These rare objects were donated to the museum by his direct descendants.

A wide variety of gift certificates, antiques, homewares, collectibles, artwork and more will be available for auction. A traditional Chinese auction will be presented with chances to be offered for a dozen themed gift baskets.

“The evening features a wide variety of valuables received from generous donors,” said Jennifer Bertollini, Auction Co-Chair. “There really is something for everyone to bid and enjoy, while supporting the museum. Please mark your calendar and bring a friend.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the county’s rich historical past. It operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum located at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego. The museum is open from April to December on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on other days by appointment.

Anyone wishing to help fund the event or wishing to purchase tickets in advance can call the museum at 315-343-1342.

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