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A MATTER OF STYLE
Trained as graphic artists, Tom and Priscilla Fisher fashioned their own Shaker-style home in the midst of an Amish community in rural Ohio, adding furnishings Tom taught himself to craft in his basement wood shop and backyard blacksmith’s forge.
JAPANNING: FROM SAP TO CHESTNUTS
Japanning—both as a varnishing technique and decorating style—traveled from Japan to China, Europe, and eventually to America. Decorators applied the finish to all manner of household wares to meet the demand for objects in exotic styles.
CITRUS FRUITS IN COLONIAL AMERICA
CExplorers brought wild citrus fruits to North America, and some Southern states began cultivating them in the early 1700s. Nevertheless, most Americans imported the exotic fruits until Florida established its citrus industry in the 19th Century.
Robert F. Moss
SAVED BY THE DAMES
Wilton House, built as the centerpiece of the Randolph family’s Virginia plantation, fell into ruin as the family’s fortune declined after the Revolution. In 1933, the Colonial Dames stepped in to save and restore the Georgian mansion to its original splendor.
THE OLD SMOAK HOUSE
Early farmers and even city dwellers relied on a smokehouse to preserve meat and feed their families through the lean winter. We examine their utility and variety, which could be anything from a barrel to a barn, as long as it held the smoke inside.
WINE AND ITS ACCOUTREMENTS
Only the wealthiest colonists could afford to routinely stock and serve imported wine, and they spared no expense to impress their guests with fine glassware and special equipment to decant and serve their expensive drink of choice.
A Directory artisan shows how he re-creates a figural redware lion doorstop, the type of whimsical object a period potter might fashion as a gift for a loved one—and the type of antique a collector might seek for years to highlight a ceramics collection.
IMMERSED IN WAR
In its Liberty exhibition, the Museum of the American Revolution celebrates the work of Don Troiani, who meticulously researches every subject before putting brush to canvas. His paintings capture the events and emotions of war in exacting detail.
Tom Fisher built the king-size pencil-post bed, wing chair, and 6-board chest for his Ohio home’s master bedroom. His wife, Priscilla, designed and painted the chest’s decoration and stitched the Amish-style textile. Photo by Winfield Ross.