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February 2012 Source Guide
Eye on Antiques: Books Not Read
Books carved from stone are as much mystery as heavy reading. They are rare and their history more so. We talked with two collectors about these unusual tomes.
The Real Thing
After building four new houses, Diane Kriner finally found an authentic Pennsylvania stone farmhouse to restore and decorate. All she had to do was convince husband Bob to go along.
Although neither had experience restoring a colonial house, Bob and Joan Arsenault found a project to their liking in the c. 1757 Captain Moses Forbes House in Connecticut.
Tennessee Landmark Gets an Upgrade
The home of the Southwest Territory’s first governor, the William Blount Mansion in Tennessee, earned a Save America’s Treasures grant to stabilize the structure and expand its interpretation.
Life in Early America: Roots of American Iron
Blessed with abundant ore and fuel as well as cheap labor, American colonists turned a fledgling iron industry into the world’s third largest by the Revolution. We tell how it started on North America’s shores.
Side by Side: Animal Portraiture
Early American folk artists sometimes limned pets and livestock into their portraits and landscapes, capturing the animals’ spirit. Several traditional artists follow their lead in painting animals today.
Sinks for Early American Homes
Despite the absence of a colonial antecedent, a kitchen sink can still be compatible with a period house. Several kitchen designers and sink makers offer their suggestions for methods and materials.
Hook a Tavern Sign
The Gimbers took their inspiration for this colorful period accent from the weathered copper dragon identifying one of Boston’s renowned colonial taverns.