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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Who is the creator of this 175-year-old German love poem?

Who is the creator of this 175-year-old German love poem?

“Put your seal on my heart like the seal on your arm for love is strong.” This is a translation of one of the many verses about love that wind their way around this scherenschnitte. German for “scissor cuts”, scherenschnitte is a traditional Pennsylvania German art form brought to Pennsylvania in the 18th century by German …

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