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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Tulip ware of the Pennsylvania-German potters : an historical sketch of the art of slip-decoration in the United States
(1903)

E.A.B.
Preface,   pp. 3-4


Page 4

After the lapse of so great a period it is extremely diffi-
cult to locate the old pot-works, which have long since dis-
appeared. It is with much gratification, therefore, that the
writer, after ten years of research and investigation, is en-
abled to give some account of at least a few of the old estab-
lishments where the ware was produced and to fully iden-
tify many of the best pieces in the collection.
The majority of the illustrations used in this Handbook
first appeared in articles contributed by the writer to numer-
ous periodicals, and in each instance due credit is given in
the list which follows.
The author desires to embrace this opportunity to ac-
knowledge his deep obligations to Mr. Thomas B. Deetz, of
Sellersville, Pa., a companion in many a search through the
pottery district, whose knowledge of the local dialect was a
material help in procuring numerous valuable pieces which
otherwise could not have been obtained; to Mr. Charles H.
Deetz, of Washington, D. C., and Dr. Julius F. Sachse, of
Philadelphia, for assistance in translating some of the more
difficult passages in the Pennsylvania-German inscriptions
found on the ware; to Hon. Samuel W. Pennypacker, now
Governor of the State, and Mr. Frank Ried Diffenderffer, of
Lancaster, Pa., for information relative to the German immi-
gration into Pennsylvania, and to Mr. A. B. Haring, of
Frenchtown, N. J., for descriptions of the processes em-
ployed by the old potters.
In conclusion, the author asks that where discrepancies
may be found between any of the statements contained in his
earlier contributions on this subject and those that follow
here, in the descriptions of processes, the rendering of in-
scriptions, or the recital of historical facts, the reader will
accept the present volume as the final result of these investi-
gations.                                      E.A.B.
March I, 1903
PREFACE
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