Unique objects, vintage collections at Collector’s Show

22 Apr
Bill Osborn, from Mitchell, shares his collection of scales.

Bill Osborn, from Mitchell, shares his collection of scales.

by Diva Karen Stewart

The 13th Annual Bayfield Historical Society Collector Exhibition was held this past weekend at the Bayfield Arena.  The show included 33 “Taste of Huron” packages sold at the live auction on Saturday as well as a Silent Auction that ran throughout the two-day event and included over 160 packages.

Co-ordinators Binnie Sturgeon and Phil Gemeinhardt say the show receives good support from local sponsors as well as businesses and individuals who contribute to the auction packages.  “There are just two rules about participating as an exhibitor in the show,” says Gemeinhardt “1) don’t bring the same display two years in a row, and 2) don’t come back if you didn’t have fun.  Many exhibitors return year after year, but we try to recruit new-comers too.”

New exhibits this year included a sizeable collection of memorabilia from the Huron County Museum re:  The Great Storm (this is the first event in the year-long schedule of activities commemorating the extra-ordinary storm that hit the Great Lakes in November 1913); and, Tim Wellstead and Jodi Jerome who are, as we reach the 100th anniversary of the start of the great war, researching stories to share of Huron’s WWI battalion soldiers for The Huron 161st Battalion Project.

Other exhibits included heritage tools, steam engines, model trains, Queen Elizabeth Coronation, First Nations, toys including a collection of riding toys, Warhammer Collectables and He-man Toys.    This was, for me, a wonderful way to spend a snowy late-April afternoon.

The Bayfield Historical Society & Archives
20 Main Street
Bayfield, ON  N0M 1G0
www.bayfieldhistorical.ca

An 1865 Gormully & Jeffery Company Rambler from the Carl Burgwart Collection, owned by Rick Wolfe of Primative Cycles, Komoka.

An 1865 Gormully & Jeffery Company Rambler from the Carl Burgwart Collection, owned by Rick Wolfe of Primative Cycles, Komoka.

James Axtmann of Walton shares his personal collection of antique carpenter tools.

James Axtmann of Walton shares his personal collection of antique carpenter tools.

Mohawk Corn Husk Doll - made by a Six Nations native.  Notice there are no facial features - can be anyone you want it to be when playing.

Mohawk Corn Husk Doll – made by a Six Nations native. Notice there are no facial features – can be anyone you want it to be when playing.

The Schneiders of Auburn showed a collection of antique tools - some of which were rather brutal looking (especially the poultry killer).

The Schneiders of Auburn showed a collection of antique tools – some of which were rather brutal looking (especially the poultry killer).

Toasters of all shapes and sizes.

Toasters of all shapes and sizes.

all types of lights displayed by the Heritage Barn Museum of Kirkton.

all types of lights displayed by the Heritage Barn Museum of Kirkton.

Carla Elliott Fisher, of Clinton, has a unique toy collection that brought back many fond memories for me. Remember these?

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