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August 2019 Source Guide
Places: Maine Maritime Museum
Colonial cooks made or made do with rolling pins in a surprising array of lengths, materials, even colors. Inexpensive and easy to find, vintage rolling pins add a primitive touch to a period kitchen.
Hooked on the 1700s
Like many early antiques collectors, Bruce and Barbara McRitchie started buying oak furniture before being introduced to formal English and American objects from the 18th Century. In taking the time to educate themselves before buying, they assembled a prime collection of early imported ceramics that fill their home in Williamsburg.
The Eagle as America
After Congress put the native North American bald eagle on the Great Seal of the United States, artists adopted the keen-eyed raptor as a decorative motif on nearly every type of object found in federal society, expressing the maker’s and owner’s pride in their new nation.
Distilling in the 17th Century
Seeking a safe beverage with a happy side benefit, settlers slaked their thirst with a variety of alcoholic beverages. Even a century before the Revolution, some enterprising American elevated the distilling of spirits into commercial enterprises, supplying their own households and those of their neighbors.
Directory of Traditional American Crafts
We photographed this year’s museum-quality work by heritage artisans at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island, New York. These artisans—working in cotton and wool, glass and leather, iron and pewter, paper and paint, carved and joined wood—have created objects that perpetuate the handcraftsmanship of our founders, objects that will endure as the antiques of tomorrow.