donated vintage Marland cast iron patio furniture now graces the east terrace
of the historic 1916 Marland’s Grand Home in Ponca City. Marland’s Grand Home
is a 22-room historic house museum owned by the City of Ponca City open for
tours and special events daily.
set of bench and two chairs along with a dining table were donated by Margot
Smith. Smith and her husband, Truman, were close friends of Lydie Marland before
her passing in 1987. Four missing chairs, which accompanied the outdoor
dining table, were deemed unusable years ago due to their deteriorated state.
New vintage looking chairs were purchased by Marland’s Grand Home to complement
and provide table seating once again. Smith acquired the cast iron pieces from
Grover and Ruth Blackard. Grover Blackard, longtime manager of the Marland
Estate and friend to EW Marland, acquired many pieces after Marland’s death in
1941 to keep, sell, or give away.
pieces were in need of cleaning, as rust and chipped paint had taken over their
patina,” said Jayne Detten, Assistant Director of the Marland Mansion and
Marland’s Grand Home. “We enlisted the help of Weinmann Metalcraft of
Tulsa, well known metal artisans to clean and repair the pieces.”
In the late 1970s the Weinmann Company hand-crafted the long handrail and
banister, which helps visitors navigate the long expanse of stone stairs in the
Marland Mansion entryway down into the gallery corridor of the lower
level. “This railing was an exact match to the existing corridor hand
railings created by European artisans in 1927 and is impeccable in its style
and precision crafting, so we knew we had the right company to work with,” said
Detten. “The Weinmann Company understands the importance of Marland vintage
pieces and were eager to help even though most of their work consists of larger
projects,” added Detten.