Oberon District Museum news | Ever heard of an epergne?

IMPRESSIVE: This epergne was donated to the Oberon District Museum by Ida Harvey. Many people have donated or loaned family possessions over the last 30 years.

IMPRESSIVE: This epergne was donated to the Oberon District Museum by Ida Harvey. Many people have donated or loaned family possessions over the last 30 years.

DO you know what an epergne is? Most people probably don't these days, but it's an ornamental centrepiece for a dining table, typically used for holding sweetmeats, nuts and cakes.

Some epergnes date back to the early 1700s.

The one pictured was donated to the Oberon District Museum by Ida Harvey and is in excellent condition.

Janet Clayton and her sister Helen, Ida's daughters, were delighted to become reacquainted with the family's epergne on a recent visit.

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The museum has hundreds of interesting items and photographs that have been donated. The O'Donnell, Harvey and Muir families have donated all sorts of fascinating artefacts.

If you haven't yet visited your museum, it's open every Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm.