Coalescence of Styles: The Ethnic Heritage of St John River Valley Regional Furniture, 1763-1851

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From the mid-eighteenth century on, cultural life in the northern valley of the St John River blended the traditions of Acadian and French Canadian settlers with those of American immigrants. In the southern valley, Mi'kmaq interacted with American newcomers and Loyalist settlers, while the later influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants introduced more layers of cultural traditions. Using an impressively diverse combination of artifacts, artwork, maps, and primary literature from over sixty museum collections and ...

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From the mid-eighteenth century on, cultural life in the northern valley of the St John River blended the traditions of Acadian and French Canadian settlers with those of American immigrants. In the southern valley, Mi'kmaq interacted with American newcomers and Loyalist settlers, while the later influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants introduced more layers of cultural traditions. Using an impressively diverse combination of artifacts, artwork, maps, and primary literature from over sixty museum collections and archives, Cook addresses the experiences of immigrants and artisans and their influence on the cultural boundaries along one of eastern North America's most important rivers. She moves beyond a mere catalogue of objects to provide an important comparative analysis of material heritage, showing how furniture embodied the lifestyles of differing groups of settlers.

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Table of Contents

Plates
Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 St. John River Valley Material Culture: Objects as Indicators of Cultural Regions, 1763-1851 3
2 The Upper St. John River Valley: Acadian, French Canadian, and American Influences in the Madawaska Settlements, 1785-1851 23
3 Anglos and Americans in the Lower St. John River Valley: Early-Comers, Loyalist Generations, and Purveyors of "Yankee Clap-Trap Furniture," 1763-1851 59
4 Scots and Irish in the Lower St. John River Valley: Scottish Furniture-Making Traditions and the Impact of Irish Immigrant Artisans, 1815-1851 112
5 Valley Material Culture and the Coalescence of Regional Styles 151
App. 1 Population of Saint John and the Madawaska Settlements, 1824-1851 173
App. 2 Lists of Artisans, 1851 Census and Earlier 174
App. 3 Household Inventory: The Hon. George Sproule of Fredericton, 1818 177
App. 4 List of Tools Purchased by James Anderson, Jr (New Brunswick) from Alexander Mathieson (Scotland) in 1837 184
Notes 187
Glossary 233
Bibliography 245
Credits of Plates and Figures, by Collection 265
Index 269
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