What You Always Wanted To Know About Pewter But Were Afraid To Ask
By Don Herr

Pewter is an alloy whose principal element is tin. Copper, lead, bismuth, zinc, and antimony added in varying amounts give the admixture its variable weight and hardness. As a rule, the larger the proportion of tin, the better quality of the pewter.

It was used in the home as well in the church. It was the common table ware of Colonial America in the 18th century and was used well into the 19th century. Nearly every conceivable form was made of pewter. [READ MORE ...]

Pennsylvania Pillowcases: Pieced, Appliqued and Otherwise Decorated
By Trish Herr

Pennsylvania Germans have always been associated with their colorful quilts, Fraktur, and painted furniture.  These settlers who first came to Southeastern Pennsylvania in the early 18th century are also known for their practicality and appreciation of functional furniture and household items. A commonly used phrase in the Pennsylvania German community “just for nice” is often used to explain that objects should be functional, but maybe also very special. So let’s examine one of the lesser known forms of textile bedding: the simple pillowcase or pillowslip, as they are frequently referred to in Southeastern Pennsylvania. [READ MORE ...]

Baskets of Southeastern Pennsylvania
By Trish Herr

Many books and articles have been written about American baskets and basket making, but few concentrate on those made in southeastern Pennsylvania.  This area was settled in the 18th and early 19th centuries by German speaking settlers and English and Scots-Irish immigrants. Most of the surviving baskets so highly prized by collectors were made in the early 20th century with a smaller percentage from the later 19th century. [READ MORE ...]

Hooked and Handsewn Rugs of Southeastern Pennsylvania
By Trish Herr

Having recently authored the book Rags to Rugs: Hooked and Handsewn Rugs of Pennsylvania, I would like to share with you some interesting examples of the floor coverings we have found in our area of Southeastern Pennsylvania. [READ MORE ...]

What You Always Wanted to Know about Coverlets but Were Afraid to Ask
By Trish Herr

The term coverlet can mean many things to many people. A simple overview of basic coverlet forms is helpful when one views this category of American handwoven textiles in museums, private collections, antiques shows, shops and on the web. These bedcoverings were made in the 18th through late 19th centuries, primarily on the east coast extending from New England south through the middle Atlantic states and in the mid-west throughout Ohio and Indiana. [READ MORE ....]