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letter from the presenting corporate sponsor

Dear Friends: On behalf of PECO, thank you for supporting the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) and joining us for the 2014 Chester County Antiques Show. For the past eight years, PECO has been proud to support CCHS as the Presenting Corporate Sponsor of the Antiques Show, one of the largest antiques shows in Southeastern Pennsylvania. At PECO, we put our energy into arts and culture, education, the environment, neighborhood development and the communities we serve. Our support of CCHS and the Antiques Show advances the organization’s first-class education programs, which inspire, inform and build community among local students in learning about our region’s rich cultural history. We remain deeply grateful for the efforts of those who contribute their time, energy and expertise to CCHS, including President Rob Lukens and Charlie White, PECO’s director of Customer Strategy & Governance, who serves on the CCHS Board. We also applaud this year’s Antiques Show Chairs — Jo Ann and John Carey, and Ida and Tom McIntyre — for their exceptional commitment to the success of the show and their dedication to CCHS. We hope you enjoy the wonderful selection of antique items and continue your support of the Chester County Historical Society throughout the year! Sincerely,

Craig L. Adams Executive Vice President, Exelon President and CEO, PECO

Opening game of the 1888 season, Brandywine vs. Kensington, April 25, 1888, West Chester, PA. Photo by J. Max Mueller, West Chester, PA. The Brandywine Baseball Club was at the heart of West Chester’s baseball tradition. Formed in 1865, the Brandywines flourished until 1896. Many members moved on to the major leagues. The team reorganized as a semi-pro club and played in the Main Line League until 1923.

letter from the board chair and the president

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Dear Friends of the Chester County Historical Society,

Welcome to the 32nd Annual Chester County Antiques Show. We are proud to bring the show back to the Phelps School for the second year, a perfect venue for this long-time Chester County tradition. The Chester County Historical Society has been preserving and sharing the story of Chester County and its people for well over a century. At CCHS, authenticity is key - collecting the real stuff of history and providing authentic encounters with the past. By working with an exceptional array of antiques dealers, the Antiques Show provides a perfect way for our audiences to experience that authenticity in a unique and enlightening environment. This year, we are very pleased to introduce the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Memorial Lecture. “Meg” Robinson was a long-time supporter and ambassador of CCHS and many other arts and culture organizations in the region and beyond. As a volunteer, President of the Volunteers, and Trustee of CCHS, Meg helped build the solid foundation of collections and education focus that we rely on today. As a scholar, she authored multiple works on art and decorative arts, including published accounts of West Chester penicillin pioneer G. Raymond Rettew and artist Ada Clendinin Williamson. She passed away on July 2, 2013 and the Historical Society is honored to name the Antiques Show lecture in her memory. We would like to thank PECO for returning as our Presenting Corporate Sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. PECO’s dedication to supporting CCHS’s educational mission through the Antiques Show is truly inspiring. This year’s show is lead by four individuals who have been involved with and cared for the Chester County Historical Society for decades. Jo Ann and John Carey & Ida and Tom McIntyre have ably taken the reins of the 32nd show and their vision is unique and exciting. We thank you for visiting the Chester County Antiques Show and look forward to seeing you soon at our museum and library in downtown West Chester. Sincerely,

Rob Lukens, Ph.D. President

George C. Zumbano Chair, Board of Trustees

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Show Schedule...............................................................3 Sponsors and Individual Supporters............................. 4-5 Antiques Show Committee.......................................... 6-7 Board of Trustees.............................................................8 With Gratitude...............................................................8 CCHS General Information...........................................9



Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s....... 10-13 Passmore Williamson’s Visitors’ Book........................ 14-19 Historical Photo Archives........................................ 20-33



Advertisers....................................................................34 Antiques Show: Through the Years................................70

Front Cover:, Photography by Josh Barker: Objects from the Chester County Historical Society museum collection.

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2014 antiques show schedule

preview party

friday, april 4 th 5:00pm early admission | 6:00pm regul ar admission hors d’oeuvre s and a ligh t buffe t by jimmy duffy’s cat ering. cocktails and raw bar by t he dave magrogan group/kildare’s irish pub/doc magrogan’s oyst er house/harve st seasonal grill and wine bar/st ell a rossa ristoran t e, wine bar, pizzeria

saturday, april 5 th

sunday, april 6 th

gourmet café 10:00am - 5:30pm

gourmet café 11:00am - 4:30pm

11:00am - 5:00pm

10:00am - 6:00pm

featuring 18th and 19th century american and continental antiques including furniture, rugs, paintings, ceramics, glass, silver, jewelry, needlework and other decorative arts.

in memory of donald o. baumann The Chester County Antiques Show Committee along with the Chester County Historical Society Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and friends, extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Don Baumann on his recent passing. Don was an ardent Americana antiquarian, a gentleman of Pennsylvania and long time supporter and exhibitor at the Chester County Antiques Show. Husband, father, mentor and business partner, he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

special events the mary elizabeth robinson memorial lecture saturday, april 5 th 1:00pm “american sewn rugs and the decorative arts”

jan whitlock

Fine Arts Boston, Old Sturbridge Village, The Shelburne Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and the DAR Museum.

Jan Whitlock started in the antiques business in 1995, after a successful career in textile design and marketing. Her specialty began with textiles of all periods, then narrowing to Folk Art textiles and those of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Jan follows the “good, better, best” principle, and attempts to offer only items in the latter category. Jan Whitlock Textiles has sold to many private collectors, and has placed several items in museum collections; including Winterthur, University of Nebraska Quilt Collection, The Museum of

She has published several articles on textiles, including “Embroidered Blankets and Baltimore Album Quilts.” American Sewn Rugs: Their History with Exceptional Examples is Jan’s latest publication. Jan recently relocated to New York City, where she continues with private clients and her interior design business.

sunday, april 6 th 11:00am –1:00pm

expert appraisals

($5 per item with paid admission)

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individual supporters and corporate sponsors

Pre sen t ing Corporat e Sponsor

Host Sponsor

Cat ering Sponsor

The Phelps School

Jimmy Duffy’s Catering

Wine and Raw Bar Sponsor The Dave Magrogan Group/Kildare’s Irish Pub/ Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House/Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar/ Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar, Pizzeria

Catalog Sponsor Bentley Systems, Inc.

Signat ure Sponsors Fig® West Chester/Fig® Kennett The Women’s Journal, Chester County Today Media/Main Line Today/Delaware Today

Support ing Sponsors Antiques & Fine Art Magazine Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning DNB First Local Living Magazine/She Spot Magazine Smithworks Design Communications Suburban Life Magazine/Philadelphia Life Magazine Sugartown Communications The Magazine Antiques The Town Dish


List complete as of March 14, 2014

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individual supporters and corporate sponsors

Benefactor Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. George C. Werner Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. Arthur Hall Insurance Chester County Life County Lines Frens and Frens, LLC

Gawthrop Greenwood PC Media Two/The Hunt/Delaware Lawyer Magazine ML Magazine Public Financial Management The Daily Local News The Haverford Trust Company

Friends Franny and Franny Abbott Sarah and Allen Burke Martyn and Grete Greenacre Jane Ann and Jack Hornberger Michael and Susan Hudson Mary Alice Malone Collin and Nia McNeil Mr. and Mrs. John J. Nesbitt, III Mr. William B. Parker Dr. and Mrs. Donald J. Rosato

A. Roy Smith John and Barbara Spellman Glenn Stroud Craig Lincoln Tucker Mr. and Mrs. L. Gordon Walker Charlie and Alyssa White Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau Otto’s BMW Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pat rons Vijay and Susan Aggarwal Charles and Jane Brosius Jo Ann and John Carey John and Deb Donaldson Bob Edmiston, Hirtle Callaghan & Co. Rob and Rebecca Lukens Mr. and Mrs. John B. McGowan, Jr.

Ida and Tom McIntyre Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran Mr. and Mrs. William Spaulding Wood II Bliss & Company, Ltd. Susquehanna Bank The West Chester Office of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Part ners Mr. and Mrs. Robert DiFilippo Jim and Sally Duff Mr. and Mrs. Scott L. Kuensell Scott and Leigh Anne Roach William and Nancy Tracey Dennis Wallace and Carol Hanson Natural Lands Trust Rothwell Document Solutions, Inc. Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. ~

List complete as of March 14, 2014


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2014 chester county antiques show committee

Pre siden t Rob Lukens, Ph.D.

Show Chairmen Jo Ann & John Carey Ida & Tom McIntyre

Show Manager Appraisals

Wesley Sessa

Exhibi t s Ellen E. Endslow Heather Hansen Pamela C. Powell

Leppy Horn

C C H S Board Liaisons Grete Greenacre Craig L. Tucker L. Gordon Walker Charles H. White

Floor De sign Susan & Dale Frens

Show Lect ure

C C H S Database Administ rator and Gift Proce ssor

Susan Hudson

Barbara Brown

Marke t ing Creat ive Smithworks Design Communications

Consultan t s Sarah & Allen Burke Mary Liz & Alan Pomeroy

Media Sale s Joan Ford Goldschmidt, Sugartown Communications

Dealer Consultan t s to t he Show Scott Chalfant Skip Chalfant Ruth Van Tassel

Parking Logist ics Devin Campbell Skip Turansky

Dealer Hospi tali t y

Phelps School Liaison

Vicki McKeefery Carol Samuelson

Rob Dallas Stephany Phelps Fahey

Dealer Lunch

Preview Part y Co-Chairs

Kristen Campbell Lisa Durant

Rebecca Lukens Hope Middleton Wood

Dealer Recept ion Bobbie Cameron Peggy Garinger Margie Kanupke

Preview Part y Consultan t Barbara Spellman

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Show De sign Susan Corum Janice Crawford Claire Daniels

Show Finance Beth Lindsay

Show Flower Arrangemen t s Nancy Holman Hope Middleton Wood

Signage Ev Cassel Scott Sanders

Sponsorships, Advert ising Sale s, Marke t ing, Project Manager David B. Reinfeld

Sunday Supper for Dealers Kristine & Jason Lisi Ida & Tom McIntyre

Visi tor Service s Leppy Horn Cheryl Snyder Tara Thistlethwaite Rachel Woods

Volun t eers Susan Aggarwal Bill Black Sue Black Betty Bristol Cary Brooks Katharine Campbell Polly Chalfant Doris Davis Reese Davis Grace Delaney Mary Anne Duffy Robert Edmiston Jane Fenicle Mary Galligan Margie Gettings Linda Hawley

Joe McKeefery Kelley Meagher Betty Miller Signe Millichap Tom Millichap Mike Peich Michael Pillagalli Connie Plunkett Alan Pomeroy Mary Liz Pomeroy Sue Ellen Raser Nancy Robinson Benjamin Samuelson Judy Schlabach Kathy Schwartz Elizabeth Shaffer Gail Silberman

Mary Hodge May Holgren Valerie Holiday Jean Hoover Walt Hoover Sandy Jarrett Pat Kelly Phyllis Kidder Dr. Robin Koslo-Stahl Justine Lien Charles Lyddane Kendra Macko Beth Martin Ron Maurer Mary Kay McCann Rachel McFarland Sylvia McKee

Angela Stanert Jaclyn Stine Glenn Stroud Mary Talbutt-Glassberg Mim Taylor Roger Taylor Alice Thomas Caroline Veit Matthew Verna Betty Voorhees Kristin Wade Frances Pollock Wilson Bob Young Kay Young The Young Men of The Phelps School

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board of trustees of the chester county historical society



George C. Zumbano, Esq.

Charles H. White


Secre tary

George C. Werner

Francis B. Jacobs II

Pre siden t Rob Lukens, Ph.D. Caroline Bentley Senator Andrew E. Dinniman, Ed.D. Vincent T. Donohue, Esq. James H. Duff Matthew Forester

Grete Greenacre William Hieb Dr. Mian Jan Karl M. Kyriss P.E. Thomas H. McIntyre Sandra Nesbitt

William B. Parker Charles C. Piola William Ronayne Craig L. Tucker L. Gordon Walker

with gratitude The 2014 Chester County Antiques Show Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have contributed to the 2014 Antiques Show: Catalog Art icle Con t ribu tors Ellen E. Endslow, Director of Collections/Curator, Chester County Historical Society Nancy E. Kraft, Preservation Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries Pamela C. Powell, Photo Archivist, Chester County Historical Society Laurie A. Rofini, Director of Chester County Archives and Records Services, Chester County Historical Society in cooperation with the County of Chester

Con t ribu tors to t he Dealers Luncheon and Hospi tali t y Area Cakes & Candies by Maryellen, Giant Food Stores, Herr Foods Inc., Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Malvern Pizza & Beer, Philly Pretzel Factory, Shop-Rite, Side Bar & Restaurant, West Goshen Acme, Yori’s Bakery

Bed and Breakfast

Hot els

Photography Service s


Holiday Inn Express Hotel Warner

Josh Barker Ed Huberty

Wine and Raw Bar

St ree t Banners

The Dave Magrogan Group/Kildare’s Irish Pub/ Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House/Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar/Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar, Pizzeria

Shady Tree Landscaping

Boot hs Stacy Exhibitions

Vale t Service s Alber-Haff Parking Services

The Chester County Historical Society wishes to express gratitude to The Phelps School for hosting the 2014 Antiques Show.

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cchs general information

M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) inspires, informs, and builds community identity by preserving and sharing the remarkable story of Chester County and its people.

Chester County Historical Society 225 North High Street | West Chester, PA 19380 610-692-4800 | m u s e u m , l i b r a ry a n d s h o p h o u r s :

Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:30PM

g e n e r a l a d m i s s i o n t o t h e m u s e u m a n d l i b r a ry :

CCHS Members receive free admission Adults (age 18 and older): $6.00

Senior Citizens (age 65 and up): $5.00 Students (with ID): $3.50 Children (age 7-17): $3.50 Children (age 6 and under): Free

Chester County Archives 601 Westtown Road, Suite 80 | West Chester, PA 19380 610-344-6760 | archives hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM Free to the public CCHS administers the Chester County Archives in cooperation with the County of Chester.

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Profiles: Written by Ellen E. Endslow | Photog raphs by Laszlo Bodo

Clothing reveals a great deal about a community. The clothing collection at the Chester County Historical Society is a dazzling way to learn about the people who lived here in the 1800s. Both elegant and everyday examples for women, men and children are featured in the exhibition Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s. Local people had access to global trends and they accepted or rejected fashion styles based on what they could afford, their personal preferences and, in some cases, what they believed. In the early 1800s the United States was a new nation. Economic and political opportunity varied across Chester County as it did across the U.S., encompassing both wealthy and poor residents. Like other Americans, local people borrowed design elements from ancient Greece and Rome. This style, known as Neoclassical or Empire, rejected 18thcentury French fashion. Its reference to ancient democracies represented the importance of civic participation that appealed to our new republic. This look had a simple profile and high waistband for women and men. Clothing construction was done with needle in hand.

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2014 C hester C ounty A ntiques S how Gown, 1855-1865, 11 Gold brocaded silk

In the antebellum era (1826 – 1861) newly published American magazines for women spread fashion trends. Godey’s Lady’s Book, first published in Philadelphia in 1830, was an important source for fashionable ideas from Europe. Dress profiles in this period shifted to billowing sleeves, pleated bodices, and lower, tighter waist bands known as the Romantic style. Fabrics of all sorts were available from the U.S. and abroad. For men, these fabric varieties appeared in decorative and sometimes flashy waistcoats that were a personal touch to uniformly simple jackets and breeches. At the same time, distinctive Quaker plain dress became more obvious by comparison. By wearing it, local members of the Society of Friends revealed their beliefs and their place in the community. From the 1850s onward, the sewing machine changed clothing construction forever. Dresses evolved from a large, circular skirt to a narrow skirt with a bustle that emphasized

the back (1861 – 1880). Dresses were more complex and remained largely handmade. Fashion plates, showing smaller waists, were the highlight of the women’s magazines but in the same publications were articles about women’s dress reform, advocating looser fitting clothing. Fashion was causing health problems for women. Men’s clothing, by contrast, was simple and available as ready-made at Wanamaker’s or local dry goods stores in Chester County. Waistcoats became much more uniform and tended to match the suits. By the end of the century (1881 – 1899), women who could afford high fashion still relied on customized dresses that were one last flourish of over-the-top design with decorations such as pleats, embroidery and machine-made trim. However, department stores began to replace dressmakers and home sewing for the local middle class with simpler profiles. Undergarments, still worn by women in many layers,

became cheaper to buy at stores and handmade clothes began to seem outmoded. Men’s clothing, simple in shape, was increasingly available as ready-made. Even distinctive Quaker plain dress began to disappear. The world of handmade clothing was quickly disappearing. Profiles is on view through the end of August 2014. On April 12, 2014, CCHS will host a symposium “Elegant and Everyday: Clothing from the Collection” that will feature lectures by nationally known clothing history scholars and behind-the-scenes tours. For more information about the symposium or to schedule a guided tour of the exhibit, contact CCHS at 610-692-4800 or eendslow@ The exhibition and symposium are generously supported by the Coby Foundation Ltd. and the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University. An earlier version of this article appeared in the Chester County Women’s Journal.

The world of handmade clothing was quickly disappearing. A. Dress, 1837-1842, Gray silk. Hannah Builder Tr usted wore this dress to the weddings of some of her children. B. Dress, 1853-1857, g reen, white, and red plaid silk. C. Wedding Dress, 1858-1863, Ivor y organza silk. Eleanor H. Bechtel (1839-1926) mar ried David Moore (1834-1869) of London Grove at Sunnyside, Kimberton by Friends’ ceremony on October 20, 1859. D. Smoking Jacket, 1860-1890, Red and g reen paisley printed wool. E. (left) Dress, 1810-1830, Brown silk. T his dress belonged to Rachel Walter Cresson (1779-1863). She mar ried John Cresson in 1801. (right) Dress, 1821-1825, taupe taffeta silk. F. Gown, about 1820, Mauve ribbed silk. Made for Margaret Wilson MacLeod. G. Dress, 1837-1840, Golden brown brocade silk. T his dress was wor n by Anna P. Reynolds. Child’s dress, 1830s, Brown printed cotton. H. Dress, 1869-1872, Green striped silk. I. Dress, 1890-1909 Burgundy voided velvet, black chiffon. Clara Brinton Haines wore this dress.

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Laurie A. Rofini

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One of the most unusual and important scrapbooks in the collections of the Chester County Historical Society was made by Passmore Williamson. The book documents a pivotal time in Williamson’s life and in our nation’s history.

Passmore Williamson was born Feb. 23, 1822 into a Chester County Quaker family, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Pyle Williamson. On July 27, 1855, Williamson was committed to Moyamensing Prison, where he would spend the next 100 days. What took Passmore Williamson from Chester County to a Philadelphia jail, imprisoned on the order of a federal judge?

While remaining a member of PAS, Williamson joined the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, a more radical group that welcomed men and women, white and black into membership. The Anti-Slavery Society called for the immediate end of slavery. Many of its members participated in the Underground Railroad, a clandestine network that assisted freedom seekers who had escaped from slavery.

By the 1840s, Williamson and his family had moved into Philadelphia. Passmore Williamson in Moyamensing Williamson’s involvement in radical Prison, Philadelphia, 1855. Quarter plate Both Thomas and Passmore were daguerreotype attributed to John Steck, abolitionism, along with his failure to conveyancers; they drew up legal Philadelphia. Chester County Historical attend Quaker meeting, led to his Society, West Chester, PA. documents for transferring land, such disownment by the Society of Friends as deeds and leases. At the age of twenty, in 1842, in 1848. They no longer considered him a member. In Passmore Williamson joined one of the most polarizing spite of this, he married Mercie Knowles Taylor in a movements in our country’s history - abolitionism. AntiQuaker ceremony later that same year. The couple would slavery was not popular, and its supporters were often have four children, two girls and two boys. seen as troublemakers. Williamson became a member of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society (PAS), which elected Passmore Williamson soon became an integral member him secretary in 1848. The Pennsylvania Abolition of the Anti-Slavery Society, which often held its annual Society, however, was considered by Garrisonian meetings in West Chester’s Horticultural Hall. He was abolitionists as too moderate. These abolitionists were a member of the Acting Committee of its Vigilance called “Garrisonian” because they aligned themselves Committee. Williamson, along with three African with William Lloyd Garrison, the editor of the American men on the Acting Committee, provided direct uncompromising anti-slavery newspaper The Liberator. support to fugitive slaves.

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On July 15, 1855, William Still arrived at Williamson’s office with news of an enslaved woman who wished to be free. Still, the head of the Acting Committee, would later publish a renowned history of the Underground Railroad. The woman, Jane Johnson, was traveling with two young sons and her master, Colonel John H. Wheeler. Wheeler was headed to Nicaragua to serve as the American minister, and they would only be in Philadelphia briefly before they took a ferry to Camden.

A brief altercation followed, with the dockworkers preventing an infuriated Wheeler from following Johnson as Still escorted her off the ferry. Passmore Williamson returned to his office. He found out from Still that Johnson and her sons were safe, but he did not ask, nor was he told, anything about her location. Colonel Wheeler approached his friend Judge John Kintzing Kane, a pro-slavery Democrat who served in the Federal District Court. Judge Kane ordered Passmore Williamson to appear and present Jane Johnson and her sons in court. Williamson responded that he could not, as he never had custody of Johnson and did not know where she was. Judge Kane refused to believe Williamson and ordered him to jail. William Still and the dockworkers were put on trial for riot and assault and battery. Colonel Wheeler maintained that Jane Johnson

Under Pennsylvania law at that time, any enslaved person who was brought into the state was considered free if he or she wished to be so. Williamson and Still, along with five African American dockworkers, approached Wheeler and his party as they sat on the docked ferry. While Still told Johnson that she and her children were free and could leave, Williamson explained the situation to Wheeler.

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The visitors that came to see Passmore Williamson included orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. As Tubman did not learn how to write until later in life, her name was likely entered into the book by her friend Catherine Green, whose name appears directly below Tubman’s.

had not wanted to leave him and that Still had forcibly abducted her. This lie was dramatically countered when Jane Johnson appeared in the courtroom, took the stand, and boldly refuted Wheeler’s statements. Her brave appearance exposed her to considerable danger but her testimony was pivotal. Still was found not guilty and the dockworkers were either acquitted or found guilty of lesser charges. Meanwhile, Passmore Williamson remained in jail.

and sold. The image was likely based on a daguerreotype now held by Chester County Historical Society. His imprisonment was so helpful to the cause that Lucretia Mott observed that Thomas Williamson, his father, was “only afraid Passmore will come out of Prison too soon.”

Williamson was consistent in his denial that he had ever known what happened to Johnson. His imprisonment was widely covered in the press, which saw Williamson as the victim of a “tyrannical judge.” The Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society made sure that he remained in the public eye. A lithograph of Williamson in his cell was printed

Because the book’s binding must be restored and each page needs to be cleaned and treated, the conservation work will cost approximately $25,500, of which over a third has already been raised.


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Although in jail, Williamson was not a typical prisoner. He was allowed home briefly to see his newborn daughter. He also kept a visitors’ register. The book contains the signatures or names of the over 500 people that came to see him. The National Colored Convention met in Philadelphia that October, and many of its attendees visited, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Mary Ann Shadd (former West Chester resident but living in Ontario in 1855). Williamson also received letters, including those from Senator Charles Sumner, poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends (Longwood), and the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Passmore and Mercie Williamson would later name their youngest son for Sumner, perhaps in gratitude for the abolitionist senator’s support. Senator Sumner’s letter is among the many letters that are mounted in the back of the book, behind the visitors’ signatures.

While his imprisonment was the most remarkable event in Passmore Williamson’s life, it was not the only time he took action in a significant anti-slavery case. Nor was it the first time he had crossed paths with Judge Kane. It was Kane who ruled that the defendants in the 1852 Christiana Resistance could be tried for treason. Williamson, along with others in the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, assisted the defendants. Williamson was also an early supporter of voting rights for women. Passmore Williamson led an extraordinary public life of service, but his personal life became troubled. His father Thomas died in 1871, leaving Passmore executor of what was then a substantial estate. In the course of settling his father’s affairs, Williamson lost money in several speculative investments. His two sisters sued him, believing he had mishandled their inheritance, but the court’s resolution of the case is unknown. In addition to his financial difficulties, his imprisonment had left him in ailing health.

The clamor for Williamson’s release did not wane, and Judge Kane eventually relented to the public pressure. Williamson was released on November 3, 1855. He would later bring suit against Judge Kane for unlawfully detaining him. The suit ended when Kane died in 1858.

Passmore Williamson died at the age of seventy-three, on February 28, 1895. He is buried next to his wife Mercie, who died in 1878, and his father Thomas in a Friends cemetery in Upper Darby. His visitors’ book stayed in his family until 1944, when it was donated to Chester County Historical Society by Passmore Williamson Lloyd, Passmore Williamson’s great-grandson. Passmore Williamson’s visitors’ book was named the People’s Choice Award winner in the recent Top 10 Endangered Artifacts in Pennsylvania campaign. To learn more about the Top 10 campaign, visit To find out how you can donate to support the book’s restoration, please contact David Reinfeld at 610.692.4800 ext. 267 or dreinfeld@ Laurie A. Rofini is Director of Chester County Archives and Records Services, which is administered for the County of Chester by the Chester County Historical Society. All photographs of the visitors’ book are courtesy of Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA. An earlier version of this article appeared in the Daily Local News.

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Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, a staunch abolitionist, wrote to congratulate Williamson, telling him “it is a privilege to suffer for truth.” The next year Sumner nearly died after he was attacked and caned on the Senate floor by a representative from South Carolina.

Tips on Creating an Archival Scrapbook b y Na n c y E . K r a f t , Pr e s e rvation Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries, f o r t h e I o w a C o nservation and Preservation Consortium

Extend the life of your scrapbook by using archival material. The ideal scrapbook would be constructed with 100% archival materials, including a protective cover, a hinge that allows the book to comfortably expand, and a size that is easy to shelve or store.


Select a scrapbook with a hinge that allows the book to comfortably expand. “D” or “O” type three-ring, poly post, multi-ring, and strap are popular bindings that allow for expansion.


Use only the right hand page or tear out every other sheet if the scrapbook is bound or the hinge does not provide enough room to expand.


Pages should be white or off-white archival, acid-free 80 lb weight or better.


A charcoal or artist’s pad that is 100% cotton rag with sturdy weight pages can be used as a scrapbook. These pads are bound. To prevent the book from bulging, attach the items to the righthand side of the page only. Leave the first and last page blank to provide extra protection. You can strengthen the cover by attaching a title sheet with a glue stick.


A good functioning 3-ring binder, preferably fabric covered, can also be used to create a scrapbook. Check to be certain the rings will not pop open on their own and will close completely (even a small opening will allow pages to slip out).


If you choose to use plastic page protectors, purchase them from a recognized archival products company. Many “PVC-free” plastics that are available through discount stores are not archival. Archival plastics include DuPont Mylar™ polyester, polypropylene, and polyethylene. These pages are often available at a photo shop.

Resources for archival quality scrapbooks include Creative Memories, Gaylord, Hollinger Metal Edge, LBS/Archival Products, and other companies that offer archival quality products.

Attach your photographs, postcards, and other items with archival photo corners. Mylar mounting corners are often available from a photographic supply store and are recognized as archival. Avoid tape as much as possible since it will eventually cause yellowing and may “ooze” and cause items and pages to stick together.

Attach newspaper clippings to the pages with a water-soluble or washable, non-toxic glue stick. Cut your clipping long enough so that you can create a hinge for the glue.

Make sure to identify the origin of your clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia. Provide the date, the source of the item, names, and places.

Archival paper which is 80 lb weight or better can be used as well as archival plastic page protectors and photograph pages available in a variety of combinations for scrapbook pages. Leave a blank page at the beginning and end of the notebook for added protection against wear and tear.

Flowers and other objects can be put into a polyethylene zip-lock bag then attached to the page using white cotton thread.

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The historic photographs that follow on these pages depict people in Chester County taking Emerson’s advice. These images are just a handful of the thousands of photographs contained in the photo archives at the Chester County Historical Society. Reproductions of all images in the collection are available. The 2014 Antiques Show committee would like to thank Pamela C. Powell, CCHS Photo Archivist, for her research and recommendation in the selection of these photos.

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Mrs. Rice, an illustrious member of the Time Wheelmen long-distance bicycling club, 1896. Photographer unidentified. In 1896 Rice passed through West Chester on a 150-mile ride from Philadelphia to Wilmington. That day the run was not completed due to a heavy downpour near Wilmington, which forced the cyclists to take a train home.

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Women’s archery class at Westtown School, ca. 1946-47. Photographer unidentified.

Archery at Westtown School, 1935. Photo by Phillips Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

“On the Tennis Ground,” ca. 1889. Photo by Demarest. Tennis rules were altered in order for women to play wearing corsets and long skirts. The ball was served underhand, and had to bounce twice before it was returned.

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Leisurely Pursuits

Carousel at Lenape Park, 1948. Photo by Schramm, Inc. staff photographer.

Sack race at Schramm, Inc. company picnic, Lenape Park, 1953. Photo by Schramm, Inc. staff photographer.

“In the Library� at Westtown School, 1930. Photographer unidentified.

Sewing class at Westtown School, fall 1903. Photographer unidentified.

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Getting ready for a toboggan run at Westtown School, 1910. Photographer unidentified.

Bowling alley at Birmingham Picnic Grove, ca. 1890. Photo by J. Max Mueller, West Chester, PA.

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Leisurely Pursuits

Aboard the bobsled “Defender” at Westtown School, ca. 1903. Photographer unidentified. Boys owned “shares” in individual bobsleds. Shareholders took rides on the sled, and also had the privilege to invite girls to ride along with them.

Crack the Whip on Westtown Lake, January 4, 1902. Photo by Watson W. Dewees, Westtown, PA.

Girls’ ice hockey team, Westtown School, ca. 1901. Photo by Watson W. Dewees, Westtown, PA.

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Joan Devlin, Large Pony Champion, Wawaset Horse Show, 1960s. Photo by Earnest L. Mauger, Media, PA.

Carriage Marathon participants ready to move off to the Devon Horse Show, 1950s. Photo by Joseph Thompson, Paoli, PA.

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Leisurely Pursuits

Atglen Orchestra, ca. 1885. Photographer unidentified. Pictured are seated left to right: Ralph Goodman, trombone; Mifflin F. Warner, flute; Horace McCanna, first violin; Horace S. Boyd, second violin. Standing left to right: William Reynolds, first violin; Waylend Young, second cornet; Wildon D. Swisher, basso; J. Frank Reynolds first cornet; Charles P. Lukens, second violin.

Fleetwood Jack and the Nevada Ranch Gang perform for the Marshallton Grange, 1940s. Photographer unidentified

Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, Doe Run, December 17, 1966. Photo by Eugene L. DiOrio, Coatesville, PA.

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Roller skating exhibition at Westtown School, Jan. 9, 1954. Photo by Ned Goode, West Chester, PA.

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Leisurely Pursuits

Kennett Grey Sox Baseball Team, 1940s. Photographer unidentified. Top row, left to right: coach Tunk Lee, Harold Carter, Chester Brown, Manuel Revero, James Jones, Bob Jackson, George Hawkins, William Carter, coach Harry Webster. Front row: Charlie Scales, Jack Hardy, Lee Wesley, Charlie White, Tech White, Earl Draper. The Kennett Grey Sox team was originally formed in 1924 as an offshoot of the Colored All-Stars, one of Chester County’s first all black teams. After reorganizing in the 1940s, the club played other Negro League teams into the 1960s. Charlie White, one of the best athletes from Avondale High School, played on this semipro team and went to play for Satchel Paige’s Chicago American Giants.

Oxford Research Club Kitchen Cabinet Orchestra, 1920s. Photo by Samuel W. Ochs, Oxford, PA.

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Fly fishing on the Brandywine, ca. 1905, from a photo postcard by Octavius Bull, Warwick, PA.

Pin Boys at West Chester YMCA setting up for Schramm Bowling League, ca. 1945. Photo by Schramm, Inc. staff photographer.

Max Meyer in his garden, West Chester, 1899. Photo by Albert I. Biles, West Chester, PA.

Wintons Champions of the YMCA Bowling League, West Chester, PA April 6, 1905. Photographer unidentified. Left to right: Captain James P. Jardine, J.P. Ashbrooke, H.C. Hument, Rober M. Miller.

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Leisurely Pursuits

Sue Dorothy and Virginia Keeney with their dolls, 1894. Photo by William R. Keeney, Philadelphia, PA.

Exhibitor at Model Airplane Meet, one event during the week-long celebration of West Chester’s Sesquicentennial, September 25, 1949. Photo by Ned Goode, West Chester, PA.

Roller coaster at Lenape Park, August 1952. Photo by Schramm, Inc. staff photographer.

West Chester Hobby & Model Club Show at West Chester Armory, 1948. Photo by Ned Goode, West Chester, PA.

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Woman’s tricycle, 1880s. Photographer unidentified. The tricycle made few demands upon a woman’s modesty. She could wear the fashionable bustle and still pedal without revealing her ankles.

Basketball at Coatesville YMCA, 1950s. Photographer unidentified.

Women’s bicycling group, ca. 1900. Photographer unidentified.

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Crowd “watches” the World Series at the office of the Daily Local News and the Postal Telegraph Co., 12 S. High St., West Chester, October 13, 1914. Photo by Daily Local News staff photographer. An electrified baseball diamond displays the score, batter, count and runners’ positions on the bases as results are received by telegraph. In this fourth game of the World Series, Kennett Square native Herb Pennock is the closing pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. Boston took the win at 3-1 and swept the series in four straight games.

John McMahan delivers the pitch, Brandywines vs. Kensington, April 25, 1888. Photo by J. Max Mueller, West Chester, PA.


Leisurely Pursuits

West Chester titlist, Alice Gray, ca. 1961. Photographer unidentified. Alice Gray was Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Champion in 1961 and 1963. She won numerous tournaments including the Dorothy Campbell Howe Cup at Merion in 1964.

Schramm Bowling League at West Chester YMCA, 1945. Photo by staff photographer, Schramm, Inc., West Chester, PA.

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Since 1932, Ball and Ball has set the standard for the finest reproduction and restoration of 18th Century through Victorian Era antique hardware and lighting. Meticulously crafted period house and furniture hardware, fireplace accessories, sconces, chandeliers, lanterns and candlestands are all made on the premises in brass, tin, copper, pewter, handforged iron, and bronze. Ball and Ball manufactures a complete line of reproduction interior and exterior lighting, in 18th, 19th and 20th century designs. Using period techniques and materials, we faithfully reproduce each fixture with exacting attention to detail.


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YOU RECOGNIZE A CLASSIC WHEN YOU SEE IT One of the nation’s most highly acclaimed antiques shows presents a spectacular showcase of art, antiques, and design! Featuring the finest offerings from more than 60 distinguished dealers, the Delaware Antiques Show highlights the best of American antiques and decorative arts. Join us for a full schedule of exciting show features sure to captivate the sophisticated and new collector alike. November 7–9, 2014 Chase Center on the Riverfront Wilmington, Delaware Benefits Educational Programming at Winterthur


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A Bird in Hand Antiques Mark and Marjorie Allen Artemis Gallery Diana H. Bittel Antiques Philip H. Bradley Co. Joan R. Brownstein Marcy Burns American Indian Arts, LLC HL Chalfant Fine Art and Antiques Dixon-Hall Fine Art Peter H. Eaton The Federalist Antiques, Inc. M. Finkel & Daughter Garthoeffner Gallery Antiques Georgian Manor Antiques James & Nancy Glazer Antiques Samuel Herrup Antiques

Ita J. Howe Stephen and Carol Huber Barbara Israel Garden Antiques Jewett-Berdan Antiques Johanna Antiques Christopher H. Jones Arthur Guy Kaplan James M. Kilvington, Inc. Joe Kindig Antiques Kelly Kinzle Greg K. Kramer & Co. William R. and Teresa F. Kurau James M. Labaugh Antiques Polly Latham Asian Art Leatherwood Antiques Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques

Malcolm Magruder Mellin’s Antiques Newsom & Berdan Antiques Olde Hope Antiques, Inc. Oriental Rugs, Ltd. Janice Paull The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. Steven S. Powers James L. Price Antiques Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. Christopher T. Rebollo Antiques Stella Rubin Russack & Loto Books, LLC Schoonover Studios, Ltd. Schwarz Gallery Stephen Score, Inc.

Elle Shushan Elliott & Grace Snyder Somerville Manning Gallery Spencer Marks, Ltd. Stephen-Douglas Antiques Steven F. Still Antiques Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc. Jeffrey Tillou Antiques Jonathan Trace Maria & Peter Warren Antiques Victor Weinblatt Taylor B. Williams Antiques Bette & Melvyn Wolf, Inc. RM Worth Antiques Show managed by Diana Bittel


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An outstanding George III Kneehole Desk in Mahogany cross-banded and inlaid with Satinwood. c.1790, England.

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BREAKFAST & TOUR Wilhelm Schimmel: A BoldFURNITURE, Piece of Work FINE ANTIQUES INCLUDING SILVER, PRINTS AND MORE FROM 31 DISTINGUISHED DEALERS Media Sponsors Saturday, May 24, 9 am $25 The Hunt, Delaware Today, Corporate PREVIEW RECEPTION Main LineSponsors Today The Pearl Group at CRW Graphics, AFriday, PASSION FOR COLLECTING: Dealers’ Talks May 23, 6–9 pm $125 Everything But Kitchen Sunday, May 25 & Monday, May 26 Proceeds from theThe show supportSink, the Back Burner Restaurant, Inn atFund. Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase 10:30–1:30 pm BREAKFAST & TOUR Montchanin Village, Krazy Kat’s Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work Peter W. Chillingworth SHOW HOURS MediaManager Sponsors Saturday, May 24, 9 am $25 Show The Hunt, Delaware Today, 10 am–5 pm $15 Admission Main Line Today A PASSION FOR COLLECTING: Dealers’ Talks BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART US Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 610.388.2700 Sunday, May 25 & Monday, May 26 Proceeds from the show support the


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Chester County HOUSE TOUR

A tour of Chester County’s most beautiful homes, exquisite gardens and historical landmarks.


October 4, 2014 The 2014 house tour will feature homes in the northeastern section of Chester County. Tickets may be purchased online @ More information @ 610-431-5301. Benefitting:

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The Chester County Historical Society’s Cultural Center is the perfect setting for your wedding reception, special event, or party. Vaulted ceilings, a three-story atrium, and 2600 square feet of convertible space are just a few of the highlights of one of the most historic buildings in Chester County. Other amenities include complete audio and visual equipment, wireless internet and access to our award winning museum. Come see for yourself all that we have to offer for your next reception, exciting fund-raiser or intimate dinner. 610.692.4800 • 225 North High Street • West Chester, PA • RECEPTIONS • CONFERENCES • PERFORMANCES • MEETINGS • FORMAL GALAS • FUND-RAISERS

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An important Hepplewhite secretary desk. from the Marshall and Darlington families. Chester County, c. 1790.

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2014 CCHS Antiques Show Catalog  

Catalog for the 2014 Chester County Historical Society's Antique Show.