2014 Meeting Programs
November 6th Program Details
Featured Speaker: Mr. Peter Tocci
"Antiques and Collectibles: All You Always Wanted to Know With a Slight Twist"
Longtime Oxford resident, Peter Tocci will present the program "Antiques and Collectibles: All You Always Wanted to Know With a Slight Twist" at the November 6 meeting of the Granville County Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room at Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Tocci will explain the difference between an antique and a collectible, what makes them what they are and what one looks for in either and why. He will also explore the following: where antiques and collectibles come from and where they go; why they change with time; why things are hot and then cold; where he goes to find, buy and sell; and the generations that are favored and not.
Peter Tocci and his twin brother Paul grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. Their parents collected early furniture, mostly colonial. This fostered Peter's interest in antiques from an early age.
Following four years of service in the Navy, Tocci attended college and found himself working on old furniture to help with college expenses. He began selling some antiques and started his own collection.
Having found Oxford, North Carolina in 1971 while serving in the Navy, Tocci decided to move to nearby Durham after college. There he returned to school and became a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. During this time, he continued to buy and sell antiques, did shows and opened his first gallery.
In 1986, Tocci moved to Oxford. After serving as Granville Health System's Chief of Anesthesia for twenty-five years, he retired in February 2014. During his time in Oxford, he and Ricky Dixon have restored three historic homes, built a new home out in the county and have since moved back to downtown in 2012.
With forty years in the antiques business, Peter Tocci recently opened the Art and Antique Gallery on College Street this past spring. The store carries a wide range of items from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries including glassware, furniture, bronzes, silver, china, paintings, prints, etchings, statues and jewelry. Tocci favors nineteenth century high style Victorian, but finds himself drawn to all periods.
Please join the members of the Granville County Genealogical Society at 6:30 P.M. on November 6, 2014
in the large conference room at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Visitors are always welcome and are encouraged to join in this presentation.
All GCGS meetings are open to the public and guests are cordially invited to attend.