Colonial Wrought Iron: The Sorber Collection
Colonial Wrought Iron is a photographic survey of early wrought iron work in America with 506 photographs from the Sorber Collection. The colonial period in America was centered around the blacksmith who was the maker and creator of these items. The informational text explains the characteristics and the conditions of the period in which the iron was forged. Colonial Wrought Iron is an invaluable resource tool for the blacksmith involved making reproduction hardware and related items, as well as an inspiration for merging form and function. In this book you will find the commonplace and the ornate but they all reflect the hand of fine craftsmanship. The work displayed in Colonial Wrought Iron is from the collection of Jim Sorber. Jim, now in his eighties, has been an avid collector for 70 years. This collection is a result of a life steeped in an enduring appreciation for the skills of his ancestors. Even as a child he was interested in their hand tools and the wonderful things they made. That interest soon grew into a passion. A unique aspect of Jims collection is that it reflects a certain ethnic influence. Much of his collecting has been done near his home in the counties of Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill. This area has been settled by German immigrants since the mid-to-late 17th century. Jims collection, many pieces of which are signed and dated, reflects an iron chronicle of the Pennsylvania Dutch migration westward from the Philadelphia area.
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18th century English American Andirons anvil attached Balance Scale Betty lamps blacksmith Blanket chest bottom brass Broiler Butterfly strap hinges Buttonhole cutters Candle Snuffer Candleholders chopper Colonial Wrought Iron Conestoga wagon toolbox construction Cooking trivet crane dated decorative devices door Doubletree Hasp Dough scrapers Drawknife early 18th century Elbow Locks England escutcheon European examples finials Fireplace pokers Fireplace tongs forge welded frequently hammer handle hardware hardy hole heart heat hole hook Hound Band Hudson River Dutch inches ironwork Jim Sorber Ladle latch is stamped legs log rests Meat Fork Meat rack Moravian-style strap hinges nippers Note open fire Peel Pennsylvania Dutch Pennsylvania German pieces pintle plates punched rake rear reflect Right latch rightmost roasting rush holder shaped shovels simple Sorber collection contains Southeastern Pennsylvania Spatula spit Strainer style Suffolk latches Toaster Trammels tulip upright vise Wagon Jack whitesmithed wood wooden