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April 2012 Source Guide
Eye on Antiques: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Once Venetians perfected the making of crystal-clear glass and Parisians figured out how to cast it in large sheets, wealthy Americans imported European looking glasses to reflect their status.
Doug and Karen Valente pined for William Bacon’s 18th-Century house for nearly a decade before they bought and furnished it in tribute to its rich South Jersey heritage.
Maple Roads Farm
Max and Carol Sempowski began a new chapter of their lives by restoring Captain John Richardson’s Federal brick mansion house in Virginia to host holidays with their extended family and raise heritage sheep.
Scots, Stuarts, and Snuff
Snuff was stylish tobacco—only workmen and savages smoked—so some enterprising Scotsmen started New England’s first snuff mill—and incidentally built the birthplace of one of America’s best-loved portrait artists, Gilbert Stuart.
Side by Side: Hunting Pouches
Every hunter, soldier, and marksman needed a leather pouch to carry his shot, wadding, and flint, but few pouches survived daily use. With few antique survivors, historic sites and re-enactors rely on traditional artisans to craft accurate reproductions.
Young Washington’s Rules to Live By
As an ambitious teenager, George Washington copied a set of rules to guide him to the top of polite society, helping make the gentleman who would define the role of our nation’s President.