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Educated at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mercer was appointed Curator of American and Prehistoric Archeology by the University of Pennsylvania Museum in the early 1890’s.His time there convinced Mercer that American society was being destroyed by industrialism, leading him to vacate his position in the late 1890’s so he could devote himself to finding old American artifacts and study German pottery.Bucks County, Pennsylvania is where I lived from the time I was nine years old until I went off to school at Lehigh University, with sporadic sojourns thereafter.Located north of Philadelphia, it was then, and still is to a high degree, a semi-rural area, much of it with a distinctly gentrified complexion.My parents and a number of friends still live there.
The area has a rich historic heritage, pre-dating the Revolutionary War.I had not thought much about the topic of lath before moving into this house and working on the beat up walls. I certainly don't know all there is to know about it, but I will outline what I have learned. I love talking about and thinking about lath now and I try to figure out what kind of lath is under the plaster in old houses I go into.System for Dating Country & Primitive Furniture, Part1 The Business of Doing Business in Antiques – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – July 2002 Have you ever tried to pinpoint the construction date of a country cupboard?The stylistic techniques used to date formal furniture such as Chippendale and Hepplewhite simply does not work for American country and primitive furniture.