Colonial Wrought Iron
Colonial Wrought Ironwork is one the best collections of colonial American wrought ironwork in America.
However, to consider that this is one man's collection is truely
overwhelming. Written by a blacksmith and with plenty of clear
black and white photos anyone interested in colonial ironwork
needs to add this book to their collection. At $44.00 this is not
the least expensive book out there, but if you are into colonial
American ironwork, you have to have this book.
Here's what the Maine Antiques Digest said about this book.
Illustrated in this book is the lifetime collection
of James C. Sorber of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Sorber, now in his 80s, has
amassed an astonishing array of objects, from andirons to woodworking tools,
illustrated here in 505 black-and-white photographs, many of
which depict multiple items. Items are grouped under five categories: hearth
and kitchen, domestic items, tools, and Conestoga wagon. Theres a
handy index in case your arent sure where to find, for example, ice tongs (under
tools) or button-hole cutters (under domestic items). Also
included is a list of blacksmiths signatures with the names of items (but not the page
numbers) on which they are found. The drawback of basing a book
on a single-owner collection is that it might be missing items, but
this collection appears to be an exhaustive one. According to the
author, Sorber often refers to his collection as the Blacksmiths Legacy Museum for it
is, indeed, a legacy to the thousands of blacksmiths who la!
bored...to help keep America growing. Readers with an interest in early American
wrought iron can be grateful that Sorber has shared his legacy