Mysteries Revealed During Oak Crest’s Appraisal Event

Parkville, Maryland—Residents of Oak Crest retirement community lived out their version of a captivating, page-turning mystery novel on January 12.

Placed in carefully protected boxes or large carts, they brought their small furniture, porcelain pieces, miniatures, collectibles, coins, toys, books, paintings, prints, jewelry and antique weaponry to be appraised by a team of local professionals.

It was all to answer one question.

“Is it a valuable treasure or just a nice keepsake?” said Mrs. Virginia Patterson, a resident of Oak Crest whose love of the PBS program Antiques Roadshow inspired the program.

Some folks received good news, and others not as much, from the experts at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in nearby Towson.  Yet, everyone could feel as they contributed as proceeds from the event supported a worthy cause, Oak Crest’s Benevolent Care Fund.

“All told, 76 items were evaluated, meaning we were able to donate $760 to the Fund,” stated Nadine Wellington, Community Resources Manager in the Resident Life Department.  Her team coordinated logistics and recruited 20 resident volunteers who helped keep the event running smoothly.

In 2013, Mrs. Patterson moved to Oak Crest from Phoenix, Maryland with her husband Richard.  Her attraction to antiques and collectibles is rooted in deep family history.  Her great-grandfather was Rear Admiral Philip H. Cooper, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy during the Civil War who would later serve as its Superintendent. 

His military career took him around the world, and following his retirement as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Asiatic Fleet in 1904, Rear Admiral Cooper brought home a myriad of collectibles, including a piece from China that Mrs. Patterson had appraised during the event.

“My parents also had many items that piqued my interest in antiques, and I’ve found it to be a lifelong pursuit that brings people together,” noted Mrs. Patterson. 

The event is not all about cashing in on potential treasures. 

“As we have learned at Oak Crest, our version of Antiques Roadshow is a combination of investigation and socialization.  Dreams are seemingly fulfilled and quashed throughout the hall.  But it’s always fascinating to hear the stories behind the valuables that my fellow residents bring to be appraised.”

About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.