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C. Lyman McCallum, Jr. is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. His parents are Charles and Patricia McCallum. His father, Charles L. McCallum, Sr. served in the United States Navy and became the Lieutenant Commander of the aircraft carrier “USS Shangri-La”. His father later worked as a realtor with The Keenan Company where he became Senior Vice-President. He is now a successful Real Estate Developer and currently owns The McCallum Company in Columbia. Lyman’s grandfather was Julius Lyman McCallum, Jr. born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1912, and was married to Ellen Dickson Tidwell of Ridgeway, South Carolina. He was the owner and president of The McCallum Lumber Company of Columbia. The McCallum family members descended from Daniel McCallum, an immigrant from the west coast of Scotland who first came to America by way of Boston in 1772 and shortly thereafter settled in what in now Fairfield County, South Carolina. His son, Duncan McCallum was a Presbyterian minister there, and his son, David McCallum was a planter who owned “Wisteria” plantation, which is still standing, near Ridgeway, South Carolina.

C. Lyman McCallum, Jr. is the president and owner of Chicora Antiques, Inc. He graduated from High School at James Henry Hammond Academy in Columbia in 1985. After his graduation, he left for Charleston and became a graduate of The College of Charleston, in 1990, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and American Literature, focusing on southern literature, and minored in Fine Arts. He established Chicora Antiques, Inc. in 1992 after working as an apprentice for four years with Mr. Robert Sarco, of Robert’s Antique Restoration, at the time, thought to be one of the best local conservator’s in the area. The experience was not altogether unfamiliar to him, as he had spend much of his youth studying and working with his paternal grandfather at his lumberyard in Columbia under his watchful eye.


“The Greenville Museum Antiques Show”, Greenville, South Carolina.

“The Historic Alexandria Antiques Show”, Alexandria, Virginia.

“The Mint Museum Antiques Show”, Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville”, Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show”, Baltimore, Maryland.

“The Charleston International Antiques Show”, Charleston, South Carolina.

“The Princeton Historical Society Antiques Show”, Princeton, New Jersey.

C. Lyman McCallum, Jr. was interned with The Historic Charleston Foundation from 1988-1990, where he was primarily involved with photographing, documenting, and cataloging most of the pre-1870 buildings on the Charleston peninsula that were damaged during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. After his internship, he then became assistant curator of collections and archives for Thomas J. Savage. Both positions were stimulating, as it promoted his keen interest in American architecture, history, and also provided him with a general familiarity of archival techniques and cataloging practiced by museums and historic houses. He served as an adviser and consultant to numerous private collections, house museums and historic building’s restorations. During his tenure as a fine arts and antiques dealer, He have served as an adviser and consultant to numerous private collections, house museums and historic building’s restorations, including “The Nathaniel Russell House”, circa 1808, 51 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina, “The William Roper House”, built 1838, 9 East Battery, Charleston, South Carolina, “Edgewater”, built 1825, Barrytown, New York, “Millford”, built 1839-1841, Pinewood, South Carolina, all now properties of “The Classical American Homes Preservation Trust”, “The James Jervey House”, built 1818, 55 Laurens Street, Charleston, South Carolina, “The South Carolina Statehouse~Charleston County Courthouse”, 84 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina , built circa 1753, rehabilitated after fire 1788-1792, restored 1997-2000., and “The Robert Mills House”, built 1823, Columbia, South Carolina, “The James Iredell House”, 107 E. Church Street, Edenton, North Carolina, built 1776, and expanded to its present configuration, circa 1816.Russell

Russell cThe second floor with-drawing room and the inner-spiral staircase at “The Nathaniel Russell House”, newly restored to it’s building date, circa 1809, property of “The Historic Charleston Foundation”, 51 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

The integration of these disciplines led to the establishment of Chicora Antiques, Inc. in 1990. It is privileged to have over a dozen museums, dealers, and an even greater number of well-known collectors among their clientele. Its success can be attributed to fair, honest, and sound business principals, and above all, persistence and dedication to a field that results in great personal satisfaction to both the buyer and the seller.

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