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Making for America


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edited by Vanessa Habib, Jim Gray & Sheila Forbes

Every field of the decorative arts in colonial and early America is infused with Scottish culture – from furniture, textiles and weaponry to silver, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Making for America is a fascinating study of the transatlantic relationship between Scottish craftsmanship and the emigrant workers of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries who embraced a new life in America.

About the conference: In October 2009 scholars from both sides of the Atlantic gathered in the Winterthur Museum in Delaware to discuss themes of commerce, craftsmanship and immigration in an age of colonial expansion – from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock to Charleston, Connecticut and Philadelphia. They examined the variety of goods made, desired and needed in the new world. Many of those goods are described and illustrated here for the first time, leading to a greater understanding of the material culture of Scotland and America in the early modern world.

This beautifully illustrated book has been edited by Vanessa Habib, Jim Gray and Sheila Forbes and features contributions by:

  • Michael K Brown (From Fife to Phyfe; or ‘the tale of one Scotsman’s odyssey in early America’)
  • David H Caldwell (Collecting Scottish weapons)
  • Edward J Cowan (‘Sober attentive men’: Scots in eighteenth-century America)
  • George Dalgleish (The Scottish silversmith in the Americas)
  • Vanessa Habib (Kilmarnock carpets in the American colonies)
  • George R Haggarty (Scotland crosses the Atlantic: evidence for eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century ceramic trade)
  • Stephen Jackson (The influence of Scotland in American cabinetmaking)
  • David Jones (Scottish high-style furniture: the key types, 1750-1850)
  • Alexandra A Kirtley (Thomas Affleck: a Scottish cabinetmaker in eighteenth-century Philadelphia)
  • Ann Smart Martin (Scottish merchants: sorting out the world of goods in early America)
  • Jennifer A Thompson (The ‘Raeburn craze’ in Philadelphia)
  • Jill Turnbull (Across the Broad Atlantic: Scottish glass and the American trade)

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Scotland, the British Academy and the Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation.

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Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 22 x 2 x 28.7 mm


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Publication date

September 2013


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