Antiques show to benefit Kerr Memorial Museum

| Sunday, March 2, 2014, 7:21 p.m.

Oakmont's Kerr Memorial Museum is celebrating the “tin anniversary” of its antiques show at the Oakmont Country Club starting March 7.

“In the Victorian era, a couple married 10 years were given something whimsical made of tin, which represents something that's durable, but bendable,” says Joan Stewart, co-chairwoman of the event, which benefits the Kerr Museum at 402 Delaware Ave., Oakmont. “Often, these items had no other purpose. They were a tin top hat or a tin umbrella. They are very rare to find these days.”

Perhaps some of those rare tin items will be showcased at the annual antiques show March 7 to 9.

The show will feature 25 dealers, most from outside of the region, to help shoppers find something they can't get locally. However, there still will be local representation, including East End Galleries.

“We asked the dealers to bring some things made of tin — something interesting and different,” says Jack Squires, show manager. “For instance, one of the dealers is bringing a store tea container made of tin. It's quite large.”

Squires says there's a range of prices for many items to appeal to many budgets.

“That's unusual for antique shows, which tend to confine themselves to a specific price range,” he says.

This year, three new dealers from New York and Indiana will bring items.

“Adrian Morris has a variety of small items, most are museum quality, and are displayed much like museum pieces on pedestals. Tom and Marsha Brown have everything from fine furniture to paintings. Rebecca Hare specializes in porcelain and china dating as far back as the 18th century,” Squires says.

Another dealer who joined the show last year, Kevin Ransom of New York, specializes in rare and out-of-print books.

“He has a good selection of early children's books,” Squires says.

This year's event will include a cocktail party March 7. At $75 per ticket, partygoers can get a preview of the items.

All the proceeds from the weekend event — which draws about 1,000 people — will benefit the Kerr museum.

The 117-year-old Victorian house where the museum is located needs a new roof, says Stewart, who shares the chairwoman duties with Jan Shoop and Diana Thompson.

In 1897, Thomas Kerr, the first doctor in Oakmont, built a Queen-Anne-style home. The house served as a home for his wife, Jessie, and daughter, Virginia, as well as the doctor's medical office.

Virginia Kerr lived in the house until she died in 1994. She taught English in the Oakmont public schools for 42 years. She bequeathed her home to Oakmont Borough to be used as a museum in memory of her father.

The museum brings to life the middle-class experience in the area at the turn of the 20th century.

Stephanie Ritenbaugh is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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