Landis Valley weathervane: At the crossroads of promotion and folk art

Landis Valley weathervane: At the crossroads of promotion and folk art

Henry Landis (1865-1955) of Landis Valley, Lancaster County, believed that weathervanes were significant pieces of folk art that personified Pennsylvania German heritage. He collected, researched and studied these artifacts, many of which were often crafted to resemble various figures such as cows and horses, fish and roosters. Landis took notes on the weathervanes, or wetterhahn …

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Celebrated pewter flask bears mark of Pennsylvania history

Celebrated pewter flask bears mark of Pennsylvania history

Made by celebrated pewterer Johann Christopher Heyne in the mid-18th century, this round, pewter 1770’s flask with a screw top belonged to Christian Lauer, a colonel with the Associators during the Revolutionary War. The flask is engraved on the bottom “ICH LANCASTER”, the maker’s mark of Heyne. Concentric circles adorn both front and back with …

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