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College For Appraisers
Early Americana/Primitives
24 Hour Course – On Campus and Distance Leaning


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
This course provides an understanding of American social history and heritage through study of tools, handmade and early household and farm items, baskets, tramp art, folk art, furniture, items for the general store and how these items relate to appraising and collecting antiques and collectibles. This study begins with the earliest colonial creations and includes an overview of American Indian arts and the historic impacts of traders, tourists and government .
The course is intended to develop and improve skills needed to identify and evaluate items used in the past, and how these to relate to the competencies needed by professional appraisers and collectors of antiques and collectibles. Specific attention is given to learning to recognize reproductions.
GOALS
Participants will develop critical thinking skills in identification, research, evaluation and valuation for appraisers and collectors.
REQUIREMENTS / GRADING
This is a Pass/Fail course.
There are 9 quizzes and 5 written appraisal identifications and reports.
Students are invited to bring in items for discussion and evaluation; students taking this course as home study are invited to submit digital items for discussion and evaluation.
COURSE TEXTS
Early Americana,
Mischa Dobrotin, College for Appraisers, 2003
Video Lectures

Recommended Texts
300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles, 5
th Edition, Linda Campbell Franklin, Krause Publications, 2003
Warman’s Country Antiques, 2nd Edition, Mark Moran, Krause Publications, 2003
Antique Tool Collector’s Guide to Value, 4th Edition, Ron Barlow, L-W Productions, 1999
300 Years of Farm Implements and Machinery 1630-1930, Ron Barlow, Krause Publications, 2003

Other books will be recommend as suitable to students’ specific interests.

COURSE OUTLINE
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY AMERICANA
Definitions
Time Line, Periods, Eras, Innovations

  • Pre-Columbian
  • Colonial
  • Federal Period
  • Pioneer Period
  • American Industrial Era
  • Cross Country Communications
  • US Patent Office
THE FARM
Early Pioneer Tools
Household Items
Old World Influences
  • English Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Shakers
  • Spanish
New World Influences
  • American Indians
  • Yankees
  • American West
Museums, Libraries, Print Resources
THE EARLY BARN AND HOUSE
Clearing the Ground
Building the House
Cooking and Lighting
Building the Barn
Agriculture
THE TOWN HOME, PAST AND PRESENT
Construction
Tools and the Fireplace
The Kitchen
Food Preparation and Equipment
Outbuildings
Lighting
  • Lamps
  • Candles
  • Lanterns
  • Lights
The Country Home of the Present
  • Restored vs. New Houses
  • Fascinating Existing Old Houses to Visit
TRADESMEN AND THEIR TOOLS
Blacksmith
Tinsmith
Goldsmith
Pewterer
Coppersmith
Woodworkers
EARLIEST INHABITANTS, EXPLORERS AND THE WILD WEST
The American Indian
  • Beading and Quill work
  • Blankets
  • Crafts, Arts, Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Ceremonial Items
  • Tools, Projectile Points, Weapons, Arrowheads
Apparel and Accessories
Bags and Cases
Baskets
Dolls
Crafts
Mexican silverwork
EARLY EXPLORERS AND THOSE THAT FOLLOWED
Mountain Men
Miners
Railroad
Western Migration
Spanish Heritage
The Cowboy and the Rancher
EARLY WOOD FURNITURE, FINISHES AND WICKER
BARRELS, BOXES AND BASKETS
SPINNING, SPINNING WHEELS AND NEEDLECRAFT
FOLK ART and MORE
Carvings
Paintings
Sailor Art
Tramp Art
Pottery
Cast Iron Art
THE GENERAL STORE
Equipment and Stock
Farm and Household Items
Tools
Electrical Instruments

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