Harford Historical Society to hold annual benefit yard sale Saturday

The Historical Society of Harford County's annual benefit yard sale will take place this Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Historical Society's headquarters at 143 N. Main St.

The event has expanded this year to include the sale of antique and vintage furnishings, lighting and other items. A large number of the items to be sold are the result of a generous donation of pieces given to the society by Judy Graybeal Eagle specifically for its fund-raising effort. The majority of the donation consists of pieces collected by her late parents, Eugene and Jean Graybeal.

Jean Graybeal was an antique dealer and the furnishings and others items are from the family home, the Brick House, next to the Liriodendron mansion in Bel Air. Gene Graybeal ran Courtland Hardware in Bel Air for many years, and the family home was the site of many spirited tennis matches on the private court.

According to a Historical Society news release, among the furnishings are fine mirrors, dressers, a dining room set, antique beds, occasional, side and coffee tables, floor and table lamps, desks and chairs, Oriental carpets, artwork, a Danish tea cart, sofas and love seats, antique Japanese glass fishing floats, a wooden traveling trunk, credenza and many other items. Of particular interest is a bench topped with mosaic tiles. According to Eagle, the tiles were brought back from England by her parents, and her mother told her they had been found during the restoration of a church.

The Graybeal/Eagle pieces have been added to the extensive collection of other items donated by Historical Society members and others including wicker and caned furniture, Depression-era Pretzel glass, pottery and antique children's china dishes, a Bosch clothes dryer, an additional dining room set, Hale mates chairs and thousands of regular yard sale items. A tea set from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial is one of the more unusual items along with English Booth pottery soup plates, Domino Sugar and Mr. Peanut advertising items.

A preview of the items for sale will be held on Friday, June 21, at the society's headquarters from 5 to 7 p.m. No sales will be made on Friday; however, a silent auction of select pieces will begin that evening and end at noon on Saturday. Payment may be made by cash or personal check with ID.

For further information please call 410-838-7691 or visit the society's Facebook page.

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