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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Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Selected by CAP curator Jennifer Gleim and appearing this fall in the upcoming Pennsylvania Icons exhibit, this receipt recalls a tumultuous time in the early history of the United States. The Whiskey Rebellion and President George Washington’s subsequent response was the first test of the newly-formed government’s authority to both levy taxes and pass and …

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Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

  The supporter of countless bottoms during its lifetime, this chair shows the wear and tear of many generations of everyday use. Plank chairs, such as this one, were popular utilitarian pieces of furniture during the mid-1800s. They were made in both rural and urban areas by furniture makers who utilized faster, mechanized reproduction methods. …

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