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December 2012 Source Guide
Eye on Antiques: Sewing Birds
Rudimentary clamps intended to give the ladies an extra hand with their sewing evolved into ornate figurals, primarily birds, with an assortment of extra tools attached. Although still useful, they are also affordable collectibles.
Women of Strength
Crippling arthritis couldn’t stop Pat Helton from building (with husband Don) her colonial-style 1750 dream farmhouse next to the antiques business started by her mother, who laid the business’s brick floor herself.
Don and Pam Burton rescued a 1775 house from a local New Jersey cemetery, moving it a few miles down the road to the family’s farm. Now it looks like it’s been there for two centuries.
The Inn at Narrow Passage
Undaunted by its derelict condition, Ed and Ellen Markel bought a 1740 log cabin inn and brought it back to life as a quiet refuge in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Vermont's Stone Village
Scottish stonemasons improvised a way to bind thin slabs of locally quarried “glimmerstone” to rubble, creating a new construction method and a picturesque village.
Dashing through the Snow
When the white and drifting snow buried carriage wheels, Northerners brought out their sleighs, hitched up their belled horses, and went through the woods socializing.
Sweet Lords of the Dance
The colorful sugar plums immortalized in "A Visit from St. Nicholas" are sweetly coated to be sure but contain no fruit. We share the story of these dancing delights.
Side by Side: Early Bedsteads
The bedframe that held a mattress and showed off expensive bed hangings didn’t come into its own until the Federal period. A handful of today’s skilled woodworkers build elegant and sturdy bedsteads in an assortment of early styles.