How this rare Luzerne County bead blends history with technology

How this rare Luzerne County bead blends history with technology

In the early 1980s, Emanco Inc. archaeologists recovered a glass bead, three gunflints and two musket balls from the Gould Island site in Luzerne County, Pa. Most unusual was the discovery of this blue-and-white glass bead. On one side, the artifact depicts symbols of a man-in-the-moon and two stars. The reverse side features a shooting …

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Schrank: From ordinary to exceptional thanks to a little sulfur

Schrank: From ordinary to exceptional thanks to a little sulfur

In late 18th century Pennsylvania, a technique using sulfur inlay to decorate furniture sprang up around Lancaster County. This beautiful and unique approach is visible in the construction of this schrank, a Pennsylvania German variation of the French armoire now on exhibit in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum. Typically, schranks stored clothing, extra linens …

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Porcelain scent bottle helps Philadelphia businessman win his bride

Porcelain scent bottle helps Philadelphia businessman win his bride

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a porcelain scent bottle and stopper made by The Tucker Factory in Philadelphia. The bottle is made of glazed porcelain with enamel, gilt and painted decorations. The name “M.Earp 1837” is inscribed on one side of the artifact. CAP curators Amy Frey and Rachel Lovelace-Portal chose this item because it …

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