Durgin-Park memorabilia is on the public sale block

Durgin-Park memorabilia is on the auction block

After Durgin-Park closed on Jan. 12, one of the crucial frequent refrains uttered amongst locals appeared to be, “I want I had gone.” The 192-year-old restaurant was a historic icon that many appeared to imagine would at all times be round — till it wasn’t.

However all isn’t misplaced. Ark Eating places, Durgin-Park’s former homeowners, contracted Central Mass Auctions to public sale off the restaurant’s 200-plus catalogue of memorabilia, and bidding is reside. These cautious of bidding sight unseen can attend a preview on the restaurant on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to three p.m.; all on-line bidding will finish Wednesday.

Wayne Tuiskula, an auctioneer from Central Mass Auctions, mentioned that whereas the corporate doesn’t often take part in restaurant auctions — it primarily offers with antiques, collectables, comedian books — Durgin-Park was stuffed with nostalgic, historic objects that piqued Tuiskula’s curiosity.

“There’s a carved, wood folks artwork pig,” he mentioned, referring to one among his favourite items, lot #156. “It’s very massive, and it has a date of 1879 on it, and it’s made out of a number of items of wooden put collectively. It’s a very nice folks artwork piece.”

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{The catalogue} additionally options retro banners and indicators (“All lobster meat acquired recent day by day!”), press clippings, photographs, and dishware, together with circumstances of the baked bean pots that held one among Durgin-Park’s signature dishes. One other standout merchandise is an entrance signal that shows the poem “Only a boy” on a brass plaque (lot #168). After one of many restaurant’s homeowners, John Chandler, misplaced his grandson in World Struggle II, Durgin-Park started printing the poem on the again of each menu.

Like many individuals, Tuiskula by no means really made it to the storied spot that claimed to be “established earlier than you have been born.”

“I want I may let you know I had,” he mentioned. “I’d heard of the restaurant typically, and I deliberate to go go to. However I don’t have a longtime reference to them.”

He’s acquired loads of telephone calls from individuals who have, although.

“They’ve been telling me tales,” he mentioned. “I had a telephone name from somebody who’s mother was a waitress there. It’s at all times unhappy to see part of New England historical past shut like that, however I’m grateful that [Ark Restaurants] contracted us to promote their issues in order that individuals who do have nostalgic emotions about Durgin-Park are capable of have mementos.”

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