Other Collectible Pieces
Come Experience History
More than just cars, the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum displays vintage clothing and accessories that recall the days when proper decorum kept ladies covered from head to toe. The excitement of early automobile racing and old cars is depicted in prints, paintings, and photographs from renowned automobile artists such as Ernest Montaut and Peter Helck. And post cards sent from across the country as Americans traveled in ever increasing numbers are just some of the treasures awaiting visitors.
Automobile Salesman's Kit Circa 1899-1902
Can you picture an automobile salesman coming to your home or office today without the car and carrying a kit such as this? It was really quite effective and the Renault factory of France extensively used them just prior to and following into the 20th century.
Any number of combinations of hood and body options could be set on the running gear and chassis. Folks who were reluctant to give up their fine carriage would almost duplicate its appearance in the new horseless carriage.
Authorities state that this is the only remaining kit in existence. It was brought to this country by one of the factories. Its rarity makes it a most unique item, and it can be seen at The Swigart Museum.
Pictured to the right is a Jim Beam 1867 Mississippi Pumper Fire Engine Decanter, another rarity to find this item with the Clydesdale horse. This decanter is modeled after the 1867 Mississippi Fire Engine no. 313, a steam powered pumper for fighting fires from a distance and mounted on a wagon. This decanter boasts minute details such as headlamps, hubcaps, and several pipes connected to the steam chamber and water tank.
When you visit the Swigart Museum you will find a large collection of Jim Beam collector decanters on display on one of our beautiful antique display cases.
The Jim Beam decanter collection is another example of cars and more, and more, and more. We have many unique antique items on display at all times.
Join Swigart Museum and the Allegheny Mountain Region AACA for the 2023 Swigart Meet. Enter your automobile in the event or just plan to attend. The event is open to the public for free all day Saturday August, 5, 2023 rain or shine. You won't want to miss this year as we celebrate our 53rd meet.
Help Support Swigart Museum
The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum relies on the generous support of our many members and friends to preserve our priceless collection of cars and memorabilia. As the Museum continues to expand its educational programming and other public services your help is needed more than ever!
Swigart Museum Participates in Blue Start Families
Free Admission to Museums Nationwide for Military This Summer. More Than 2,000 Museums Nationwide Participate in Blue Star Museums. Swigart Museum is a Participating Museum in this Program and a Proud Supporter of the Military.