Charity auction to benefit the Wisconsin Historical Society

Vaseline glass mayonaise setThis three-piece mayonnaise set made of Vaseline glass is just one of the diverse offerings of Depression-era and Elegant glassware that will be up for bids during the April 28, 2012 auction.

EAGLE, Wis. – The days are rolling by as the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society fulfill ambitious plans for the 30th annual Star Benefit Antiques Auction, April 28, 2012 in Clausing Barn at Old World Wisconsin. The auction provides important funding for the society . The 2012 event will fund the group’s project of furnishing the historic St. Peter’s Church in the Crossroads Village.

Riene Wells and Debbie McArdle, veterans of the 2010 antiques and vintage auction, are making final preparations. A preview party April 27, 2012 will kick off the event with dinner, drawings for gift baskets and free antiques appraisals. The evening’s featured speaker is author Jerry Apps, whose book “Barns of Wisconsin” (Wisconsin Historical Society, 2010) was developed with his son, award-winning photographer Steve Apps.

Well-known Oconomowoc auctioneer, Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service, has volunteered to call the April 28, 2012 auction. She boasts an impressive resume that speaks to 17 years of experience in the auction industry and culminating in her award as “Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer” in 2010.

antique oak roll top deskThis quarter-sawn oak S-curve roll top desk will cross the block April 28, 2012 as part of the 30th annual Star Benefit Antiques Auction.

Donations of antiques (more than 99 years old) and vintage items (50-99 years old) were gathered from all across mid-America. Large or small, desks to fountain pens and tables to porcelain, the no-reserve auction has 400 lots.  A 10 percent buyer’s premium provides additional funding for the cause. None of the objects to be auctioned are from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

For a complete listing and a photo preview of the auction, visit the Star Benefit Antiques Auction page on

The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association continues its commitment as the auction’s founding sponsors in the form of a grant. The admissions charged at their October and February antiques shows in Waukesha fund their grant and scholarship programs. The association’s 61st show is Oct. 5-6, 2012; a discount ticket coupon may be printed from the group’s homepage.

For more information about the April 28, 2012 “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction” and the April 27, 2012 preview party or to make a donation to the group, contact Wells at 262.363.4700 or McArdle at 815.575.1272.

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