Price Book thread on SAPFM's web forum - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Price Book thread on SAPFM's web forum

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Google Alerts are wonderful things. I name dropped the author of the introduction of the Philadelhia Price Book of 1772 in this SAPFM thread. Lo and behold, the author, Philadelphia Museum of Art curator of American Art, Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley showed up to share her thoughts with us on the subject. She generously cited sources and graciously confirmed my rumors!

Though I maintain the Price Book exhibit may not be worth a special trip, maybe now would be a good time to go (it won’t be there for long) just to see what all the fuss is about!

Likewise, if you don’t have a copy of the Price Book or don’t know what it is, it’s time to plunk down a crisp $20 and get a copy from the art museum here: 1772 Price Book

Enjoy the sapfm thread.


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  • Alessandra

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  • Herb Lapp

    I agree with Adam this price book reproduction that Alexandra provided us with is wonderful. It’s a great addition to any library that supports woodworkers with an interest in the early American-Colonial era. There is another excellent item available, also from the Philadelphia Museum of Art; it’s Henry Lapp’s work-notebook. Henry was believed to be handicapped suffering from challenges in communicating. He did watercolor drawings of his Lancaster County, PA Amish handiwork pieces. That was untypical of Amish behavior but historians think he did it as a communication-sales aid. He lived in the second part of the 19th century near Intercourse. The museum found it in a Lapp-made item they purchased and reprodcued it. Living in nearby Berks County I have many encounters with Amish and Mennonite woodworkers where I tell them my name is Herb Lapp, the non-Amish Lapp. They laugh but it gives them the tool to remember me. Most ask if I was a descendent of Henry to which I reply, possibly from 300 years ago when the sect was created in what is now part of modern day germany, France and Switzerland where my family originated from.

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