The headquarters of the preservation organization, Tiffin Historic Trust, is the 1884 former home of the Grammes and Brown families. The Historic Trust incorporated many of the original items from the home in its restoration. Family members saved all types of artifacts, but there is a surplus of goods.
The attic, basement and carriage house have yielded enough treasures to hold an auction at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the rear of 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin.
Gebhardt Auctions LLC is conducting the sale. Cash and checks will be accepted. Brats, sauerkraut, beverages and cookies will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward the education and preservation works of the Tiffin Historic Trust.
Among the auction items are several fireplace mantels, leaded windows and architectural pieces such as cornices and posts. Victorian furnishings include an oak bedroom suite, a jelly cupboard, Eastlake loveseat, lady's chair, primitive cupboard, picture frames and lamps. Old travel trunks are for sale along with vintage clothing, purses, hats, linens, quilts and a "dog and person" blanket.
Commercial items feature a Wilbur's Cocoa sign and other advertising tins. Kitchen items include a porcelain topped table, tin ware, muffin pans, grinders, a square Griswold waffle iron, a Manhattan food set, Pyrex and a Van Briggle rose bowl. An orange folding lantern with black cat and witch motif is among the Christmas and Halloween decorations. Additional items include a Sauerbier hand crank fluting iron, wood planes, pitcher pumps, a Harris Visible typewriter, paper items and books..
The Tiffin Historic Trust is a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote preservation in Tiffin by a variety of means, with an emphasis on the restoration of local architectural landmarks.
Over the years it has influenced the design of the replacement bridges over the Sandusky River, encouraged the implementation of a design review code, sponsored preservation workshops and provided guidance on building restoration, successfully submitted entries to the National Register of Historic Places and sought the preservation of significant architectural works within the community.
At its annual meeting, the group presented preservation awards for the restoration of commercial and residential properties. Most recently, the Historic Trust purchased the replacement signs designating Tiffin's six Historic Districts.
The Historic Trust's programming committee hosts summer teas in the Grammes-Brown House, displaying the restoration of the Victorian-era home.
Other fundraising activities include an annual holiday house tour with historic and contemporary homes and garden tours. Future plans include holding educational programs for the community focusing on the preservation of the architectural heritage of our neighborhoods, encouraging the establishment of a museum and gallery alliance of local organizations, supporting the establishment of a Main Street program and continuing the restoration of the Grammes-Brown House property.
More information on the Tiffin Historic Trust and the upcoming auction is available on at www.tiffinhistorictrust.org.