Thursday, April 4, 2002
NMH Auction features Egyptian necklace

By Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton

When the 16th annual Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Auction/Dinner gets underway on April 27, one of the special auction items will be a beaded, beautiful Egyptian necklace and earring set dated from the 26th Dynasty, circa 600 B.C. This most unusual auction item has a unique history. When the necklaces were first worn, Neco was Pharaoh in Egypt, Nebuchadnezzar ruled Babylon (with a man named Daniel), Greece was a loose collection of city-states and Rome was a primitive fishing village on the Tiber River. These beads may have been lost during the Persian Invasion of Egypt and its domination of Egypt between 525 and 404 B.C. Both men and women wore bead jewelry in ancient Egypt. While beads of semi-precious stones were available, most beads were of faience as are these. Faience is a forerunner of glass developed about 4,000 B.C. in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The “recipe” was secret, but the technology slowly spread throughout the ancient world. The Egyptian word “sha” meant luck. “Sha Sha” became the word for bead, suggesting that beads could bring good luck. It is certainly good luck that today we can enjoy these tube and disc beads in their many different colors from the rich earth tones to the bright blues and greens favored by the Egyptians. Located in ordinanced archaeological excavations in Egypt, these beads were restrung on modern materials with replica metal ornaments so that they might be worn today. They were imported to the United States legally by a licensed antiquities dealer in New York. They are a beautiful, unique and valuable piece of ancient Egypt from 2600 years ago. Through the generosity of Jack, Bernice, Ruth Ellen and Jack Miller, Jr., this set will be offered to bidders at the auction. The necklace and earrings are now on display at Heritage Jewelers, Seaford. Owners Dan and Jan Lundquist invite interested parties to visit their shop and see the Miller family donation to the Auction. Tickets for the annual event are limited and co-chairmen Nancy Brown and Nancy Cook encourage patrons to purchase tickets early. The $50 donation is partially tax-deductible. Tickets may be purchased from either chairman, committee members or by calling the hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2404. All proceeds from the auction will be used for the Building Fund at Nanticoke. In addition to the open bidding with Don Moore, well-known auctioneer, patrons may participate in the silent bidding and Chinese auction of special items.
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary meets April 10
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will meet at R.J. Riverside Restaurant, Delaware Avenue, Laurel on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. The cost of this luncheon meeting will be $10.30. The speaker for this month will be Dr. Anthony Policastro, medical director of Nanticoke Health Services. He will discuss his roll as liaison to the Community Health Board, the volunteers and the auxiliary of the hospital. The auxiliary’s president, Pat Olekszyk, extends a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in volunteering at the hospital and joining the auxiliary. Pat is an efficient, but friendly leader, with whom you would enjoy working.