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Title:
Tools & trades of America's past : the Mercer Museum collection
Author:
Arbor, Marilyn.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Doylestown, Pa. : Bucks County Historical Society, [1994]

©1994
Physical Description:
124 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

1st ed. 1981.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780910302128
Format :
Book

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Central Library TJ1195 .A66 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Summary

Summary

Nearly a hundred years ago Henry Mercer began amassing in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a vast collection of the tools and implements used by Americans before the industrial age. These everyday objects of ordinary people -- axes, sickles, pie plates, spinning wheels, zithers and dulcimers, to name only a few -- give valuable glimpses into the objects and physical contexts of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century life. The detailed line drawings and word descriptions of several hundred objects in this book are arranged alphabetically by function or artifact type for easy reference -- and clear understanding of how things worked. From baking utensils to wooden pipes, from coopering to shingle-making, this is a unique and fascinating tour of the self-reliance and inventiveness with which early Americans built home and nation.


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