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You will find information here that is the result of ongoing study of the objects in the collection, as well as any errors or omissions that have become evident since the publication of the book.

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Centaur Weathervane

Centaur weathervane
, page 235, catalog entry 151, pages 381- 82.

Another example of this model by the same maker is in the collection of Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, illustrated in Frederick Fried “American folk sculpture,” in Ruth Andrews, Ed., How to Know American Folk Art: Eleven Experts Discuss Aspects of the Field (New York: Dutton, 1977), p. 171, fig. 111, described as “Centaur weathervane, c. 1860. Made by A. L. Jewell, Waltham, Massachusetts. Molded copper. H. 16", W. 27 1/4".”

Lift-Top Chest

Lift-top chest with drawer, page 173, catalog entry 101, page 364.

A closely related chest is in the collection of The Henry Ford Museum, illustrated in Robert Bishop, American Furniture 1620-1720 (Dearborn, MI: Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum, 1975), p. 30.

Bucket Bench-Cupboard

Bucket bench-cupboard, pages 20-21, catalog entry 8, page 310.

The doors are fitted with original iron butt-hinges.

Miniature Oval Storage Box

Miniature oval storage box, page 260, catalog entry 173, page 392.

The dimensions of this box as listed are inaccurate; the correct dimensions are: 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches

Bell-Shaped Lightship Basket

Bell-shaped lightship basket, page 202, catalog entry 124, page 373.

For another basket of this type see Northeast Auctions, "Marine & China Trade Auction," August 19-20, 2006, lot 844.

George Weld Hilliard

George Weld Hilliard, page 82, catalog entry 39, page 331.

Photographs of George Weld Hilliard, and the Hilliard house in Brighton, Illinois, dating to the early twentieth century. Courtesy of Mary Falconer and Jeanne Chase Bott, Hilliard family descendants.
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Sarah and Mary J. Pool album quilt

Sarah and Mary J. Pool album quilt, page 17, catalog entry 5, pages 307-8.

Illustrated in Deborah Harding and Laura Fisher, Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art (New York: Rizzoli, 2001), p.53. Illustrated and discussed in Baltimore Album Quilt 2007 Calendar (Chadds Ford, PA: Jan Whitlock Textiles & Interiors, 2006), unpaginated, which states that: "This quilt has similar blocks to the DAR Quilt top. Two of the simplest blocks are signed in cross stitch by Sarah Pool (A4) and Mary J. Pool (E4). Mary's mother, Ruth was a seamstress. Mary and Sarah Pool were sisters-in-law as Mary's brother George was married to Sarah Burke Pool. The log cabin block represents the William Henry Harrison Presidential campaign of 1840. Martin Van Buren, Harrison's opponent, tried to disparage him by saying that he lived in a log cabin and drank hard cider. Harrison used the slur to his advantage and won the election. Actually, Harrison grew up in a very large estate, not unlike that shown in block C1."

Manitou effigy bowl

Manitou effigy bowl, page 14, catalog entry 2, page 306.

The dimensions of this bowl as listed are inaccurate; the correct dimensions are: 6 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches


Worktable, pages 148, 176-177, catalog entry 91, pages 358-359.

Illustrated in Deborah Harding and Laura Fisher, Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art (New York: Rizzoli, 2001), p.104.

Dome Top Trunk

Dome-top trunk, page 188, catalog entry 108, page 367.

Another trunk by this maker is illustrated in One Man’s Treasure... The Rumsey Collection (New Hope, PA: Olde Hope Antiques, Inc., 2007), p. 32.

Indian Weathervane

Indian weathervane, page 278, catalog entry 190, page 399.

Illustrated in American Eighteenth-and-Nineteenth–Century Folk Painting and Sculpture (New York: George E. Schoellkopf Gallery, 1975), on back cover.


Slawboard, page 31, catalog entry 14, page 315.

Illustrated in American Eighteenth-and-Nineteenth–Century Folk Painting and Sculpture (New York: George E. Schoellkopf Gallery, 1975), unpaginated.


Settee, pages 180-182, catalog entry 105, page 365.

Illustrated in Mary Ann Apicella, Scottish Cabinetmakers in Federal New York (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2007), cover and plate VIII-20, page 150, as made by Henry Dean.

Henry Dean, born circa 1782, was a manufacturer of fancy chairs, an ornamental painter, and a gilder, active in New York City from about 1808 to 1836.

Horse weathervane

Horse weathervane, page 236, catalog entry 152, page 382.

Illustrated in Myrna Kaye, "The Many Directions of J. Howard, Weathervane Maker or J. Howard Weathervane Manufacturer, Pickle Preparer, Eyelet-Machine Manufacturer, Cattle Dealer, Vinegar Mill Owner, Farmer," Maine Antique Digest, August 1982, page 10-A.


Door escutcheon, page 30, catalog entry 13, pages 314-315.

Illustrated in Sarah B. Sherrill, "Current and Coming," Antiques,  April 1979,
p. 680.

Included in the exhibition of The James C.  Sorber Collection at The Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford,  Pennsylvania, May 25-September 3, 1979.

Dome Top Box

Dome-top storage box, Page 285, Catalog entry 195, Page 403.

For the most recent scholarship on the maker of this box see Wendy A.  Cooper, Patricia Edmonson, and Lisa Minardi, "The Compass Artist of  Lancaster, Pennsylvania," in Luke Beckerdite, Ed., American Furniture 2009 (Hanover and London: Chipstone Foundation in association with  University Press of New England, 2009), pages 62-87.

Lift-tip chest

Lift-top chest with drawers for Daniel Eisz, pages 282-283,
catalog entry 194, pages 401-402

While conducting research at the Oley Hills Union Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Lisa Minardi discovered a listing for a "Daniel Eiss" who was confirmed there in 1791. She informed us that this church was considered an affiliate of the New Hanover/Falckner’s Swamp church at which both Elizabeth and Christina Binter/Bender were baptized, especially meaningful since each of these young women owned chests decorated by the same painter as the Daniel Eisz chest.

Memorial for William Soule

Memorial for William Soule, pages 70-71, catalog entry 34, page 328

A possible author for this cut work memorial is found in an identical example inscribed "A slight Memorial of real merit/ Solomon Moulton,/Died 26 May, 1827,/ Aged 19, /He/was a writer of several poems/in the LYNN MIRROR signed LILLIE./Thy genius gave the wound that laid thee low,/And virtue mourns the loss that/bids our sorrows flow./A. LEWIS." in the collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Francis White, From the collection of Mrs. Miles White, Jr., 73.76.299, which is illustrated in William Voss Elder, American Folk Art From The Baltimore Museum of Art and Local Collections (Baltimore, 1978), no. 58.

Upholstered stool

Upholstered stool, page 268, catalog entry 184, page page 396

A recent photograph by Gavin Ashworth has fully revealed the following inscription:
"Sarah L. Thompson  /
This stool given her by her own (   )  /
just before her death in November 1849"

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