Treasures For Everyone

Founded in 1954, the Oglebay Institute Antiques Show and Sale is one of the longest-running antiques shows in the country.

It will be held this spring at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park Friday through Sunday, April 5-7.

With 54 dealers and the finest examples of decorative arts, jewelry, pottery, silver, furniture and oriental rugs, the show has something for everyone.

Dealers are from 10 states and offer furnishings and accessories for both the period and modern home.

“You’re sure to find something exceptional at our show. The dealers are knowledgeable and friendly, the treasures are lovely and diverse,” said Paula McClure, co-chairwoman of the show and member of the Oglebay Institute museum committee.

She and co-chairwoman Stella Boldrick are the team that makes it all happen.

McClure is in her ninth year as a chairwoman of the huge fundraiser and spends months and months on the task of organizing and planning the weekend.

She relies on the show manager, Peter Chillingworth of Scenery Hill, Pa., for expert assistance.

“I’m pleased to manage this quality antiques show and feel certain that this year’s group of dealers will not disappoint.

“We have 10 dealers attending the show for the first time. From what I’ve seen, there will be something for everyone and for all budgets,” Chillingworth said.

Chillingworth is an antique dealer who specializes in period and country furniture from western Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, early fireplace items, candlesticks, pottery and Pittsburgh area glass.

“Oglebay Institute’s antiques show always is a wonderful way to learn about the past and about the value and excitement of antiques,” McClure said.

An antique accessories collector, McClure has found many treasures there herself including jewelry, handbags and furniture.

A major fundraiser for the Museums of Oglebay Institute, the antiques show supports local history, its preservation and educational programs.

“The antiques show is very important to the museums and its work to maintain the collections and to keep programming fresh and interesting. Technology is another big expense for museums today. This antiques show offers us a way to raise funds and also support local history,” McClure said.

Christin Byrum. director of the Museums of Oglebay Institute, is grateful for the work of McClure, Chillingworth, and all the committee members who get involved in creating and staffing the big weekend show and sale.

“We are fortunate here in Wheeling to have such an active museum presence and so many historically-minded individuals supporting our efforts. The Mansion Museum and Glass Museum serve the public throughout the year with tours, classes, workshops and special events. This antiques show is a vital part of our programming,” Byrum said.

Purchased by Earl W. Oglebay in 1900 as his summer retreat, the Mansion Museum features period antiques and depicts Wheeling’s history from pioneer times through the Victorian era.

The Glass Museum contains more than 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass and china made from 1820-1939, including the famous Sweeney Punch Bowl, the largest piece of cut glass in the world.

Oglebay Institute antiques show dealers have over 1,460 years of combined experience in the business and are eager to share their knowledge. Because many dealers return to the show year after year and know the interests of regular attendees they have met, longtime friendships and buying opportunities abound.

Special show features include Saturday dealer booth talks, included with admission, that offer important information for novice antique enthusiasts and experienced collectors alike. These talks are scheduled for 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6. Topics and presenters include:

  • 3 p.m., booth 41: Yellowware, with dealer Lisa McAllister
  • 3:30 p.m., booth 21: Homemade Musical Instruments, with dealer Tom Queen
  • 4 p.m., booth 32: Majolica, with Robert Taylor

Another special feature is the children’s tour scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Curator Holly McCluskey will lead children on a special guided tour of the Antiques Show and Sale and introduce them to the concepts of antiques and collecting. The number of participants is limited to 10 and reservations are required for this event.

The show opens with a special Dessert with Antiques preview party at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5. Offering an enticing array of sweets and coffee, plus a cash bar, guests have the first chance to browse, shop and converse with dealers before the show opens to the public on Saturday.

In addition, guests receive unlimited return admission to the show as it continues on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. This event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door.

Regular show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Lunch is available at the show on both Saturday and Sunday for an additional fee. All paid show admissions receive a chance on the door prize of a two-night stay for two at Wilson Lodge.

Tickets for the prize drawing, “Timeless Table,” featuring a Wheeling-inspired place setting for four, also are available at the show.

This Wheeling-produced antiques and modern accessories prize will go to one lucky winner and includes Warwick China place setting for four, Wheeling Decorating salt and pepper, linen placemats and napkins from a local estate and a vintage glass pitcher, all donated by antique dealer Jane Woodring and family. The prize includes flatware from the former Fort Henry Club and a colorful fresh floral centerpiece donated by Elm Grove Flowers.

Free parking is available at Wilson Lodge.

For more information or to make a reservation for the children’s tour or to inquire about special Antiques Show patron events, call the Mansion Museum at 304-242-7272 or visit Oglebay Institute’s webpage at