About 50 members and guests of the Bulloch County Historical Society enjoyed seeing bits of the past Monday as the group held its second local version of the “Antiques Roadshow.”
There were treasured pieces of china, silverware that had been unearthed by a farmer’s plow, and even a document that could be the original deed for the town of Excelsior.
“We did this two years ago and I don’t think we had nearly this many items brought in,” said Joe McGlamery, program vice president for the club.
Tables along the wall in the Old Back Room of RJ’s Steaks and Seafood were covered in items — primitive tools, handmade quilts, and even jewelry.
Ted Lewis, member of the Bulloch County Historical Society board of directors, brought a collage of mementoes collected by R. L. Moore, former Statesboro mayor and congressman. Burtt Higgins shared an old shingle splitter and wagon wheel tool. John Meikle displayed a needlepoint piece of the Lord’s Prayer, in German, that his great grandmother crafted on her way from Germany to the United States in 1850.
A crochet piece purchased at a local estate sale had been shipped to a Statesboro home from Ireland in 1880. Owners F.M. and Rosalyn Jones believe it is a lap robe. Ms. Jones also shared a 1920s-era gold watch gifted to her by her mother.
A tiny school bell, once used by Louann Harris’ grandmother in a one-room school in New York, found its way through the years to be used by her daughter and later by Harris herself in their own school rooms.
Harris said her grandmother was only 16 when she taught, and some of her students were boys that were older than she. When they misbehaved, she rang the bell. “They minded her,” she said.
Verdery Kennedy shared a photo of her father-in-law, Raymond Jasper Kennedy, former Bulloch County commissioner. She also showed a photo of his North Main Street home, which was located where Summit Apartments are now, she said.
Other items shown included a sugar spoon found when a farmer near Portal was plowing; a shoe last, used for making shoes; railroad items such as an oil can and switch lamp, a china bowl that was a wedding gift and a ceramic cow creamer.
Local artist Roxie Remley shared antique art glass pieces from England circa 1945. Historical Society member Rodney Harville brought a cast iron penny bank made by A. C. Williams, made between 1910 and 1931, as well as a couple Red Cross pins.
Mike Mull shared a certificate his father received for crossing the equator when he was in the Navy. “My father lied about his age and joined the Navy at age 16,” he said. He was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona when he made the trip across the equator.
A child’s chair, with a leather bottom, was brought in by Marie Sheets. Dr. Betty Lane shared hat pins and a butter mold. Guests and club members were impressed with an old clock from Statesboro’s historic Jaeckel Hotel, and Bill Waters displayed a souvenir plate marked “Statesboro” as well as a collectible demitasse spoon with the Georgia seal and the word “Statesboro” engraved on it.
His wife, Virginia Anne Franklin Waters, shared a deed from Remer Franklin dated 1875, showing his gift of 94 acres that was to become the Candler County town of Excelsior — which was actually Bulloch County back then, she said.
McGlamery’s wife Susan brought a Statesboro public schools directory for 1913-14; a 1923 Statesboro phone directory and two cannon balls that were found inside a felled cedar tree near Statesboro. Other treasures included a harmonica sales display box, vanity set, a bottle capper, biscuit jar and documents signed by famous Georgians.
Some of the club members joked that their presence could be considered as contributions to the show. “I was looking around to bring an antique, and decided to bring … me!” said member Libba Smith.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.