Category Archives: craftsmen

Charles Fisher’s Ad Caught Customers’ Attention

Advertisers have always tried to make their ads pop out. I don’t know if the eye-catching arrangement above was thought up by coppersmith Charles Fisher or the newspaper publisher, but it worked for me. Charles Fisher was the son of … Continue reading

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York Weaver Offers Reward for Stolen Coverlets

Martin Hoke Coverlet York weaver Martin Hoke was so upset that a thief made off with four of his “coverlids” in 1843 that he offered quite a substantial reward for their return. They wouldn’t be too hard to identify as … Continue reading

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Coverlets and Fabric from York County Sheep and Flax

One of the colorful patterns from Abraham Serff’s pattern book, now in the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Weavers were essential members of the community in 18th and 19th century America. In Pennsylvania before the Industrial Revolution you would raise … Continue reading

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Lots of York County Furniture Makers

I’ve been doing some research lately on early York County furniture makers and found that there were many more of these skilled craftspeople than I realized. It does make sense–everyone needed furniture and few were wealthy enough to have it … Continue reading

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Artificers Recruited at York

Just as today, during the Revolutionary War the Army needed a lot more than men who could shoot a rifle. An Army can’t function without support–personnel that gathers the supplies, feeds the soldiers, and keeps the equipment running. The following … Continue reading

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