Recent Acquisitions

Recent Museum Acquisitions, 2013-2015
Recent Museum Acquisitions, 2013-2015
A selection of gifts to the collections of the Mercer Museum are highlighted in this on-line exhibit.
Seed Packet Countertop Display (MM2013.14.016)
Seed Packet Countertop Display (MM2013.14.016)
Landreth Seed Company
Bristol Township, Bucks County
c. 1920-1940
Gift of David B. Long, 2013
Lithographed and painted sheet metal over wooden frame. The Landreth Seed Company is one of the oldest seed firms in America, founded in 1784. In the late 1840s, the Philadelphia firm acquired more than 500 acres in Bristol Township, Bucks County, in order to expand its seed operation. “Bloomsdale Farms” operated in Bristol until World War II, when the land was needed for factories and wartime production. Subsequent suburban housing developments in the post-war period absorbed the remainder of the farm property.
Late Windsor Side Chair (MM2014.11.001)
Late Windsor Side Chair (MM2014.11.001)
George Nees, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
c. 1860
Gift of David B. Long, 2014
One of a set of six painted chairs, each with Nees' stamp under the seat. The chairs, featuring “tablet-top” crest rails, a solid back splat, and various painted floral designs and highlights over a reddish-brown ground, are representative of both Nees’ work and mid-19th-century Pennsylvania chair making in general.
Cast Iron Toy Train Engine (MM2014.01.003)
Cast Iron Toy Train Engine (MM2014.01.003)
E.R. Ives Co., New York, New York
Patented August, 1884
Gift of James Wiley, 2014
Cast iron toy train engine with boiler and smoke stack. Two vents and bell on top of boiler; two headlights. Covered cab at rear of boiler. Clockwork mechanism drives rear wheels. Triangular cow catcher at front.
“Autoperipatetikos” Walking Doll (MM2014.01.023)
“Autoperipatetikos” Walking Doll (MM2014.01.023)
Joseph Lyon & Co., Boston, Massachusetts
Patented July, 1862
Gift of James Wiley, 2014
Brown cardboard box with lid containing brass winding key and wooden doll in blue silk dress with linen petticoat. Hardened wood and linen conical base containing internal clockwork mechanism that drives two brass feet on wheels. Leather hands. Painted facial features on Parian head. Box has printed instructions and manufacturer's information.
Bucks County Police Uniform (MM2014.04.001)
Bucks County Police Uniform (MM2014.04.001)
Snellenburg & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1930-1950
Gift of Jeanne Dobron, 2014
Uniform belonged to Edward Stiles Naylor (1890-1973). Born in Lambertville, New Jersey, Naylor joined the Bucks County Police Department in 1923. His charge was to secure the Pt. Pleasant/Byram Bridge. This security position, often referred to as the "keeper of the bridge" or "bridge cop," permitted him and his family to reside in the Bridge House at Point Pleasant. The family lived in this home until it was destroyed, along with the bridge, in the flood of 1955. Afterwards Naylor retired from the Department.
Alphabet Sampler (MM2014.05.001)
Alphabet Sampler (MM2014.05.001)
Eliza Weldon, Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
1824
Museum purchase with funds provided by David B. Long and the Bucks County Historical Society Collections Committee
Eliza Burton was twelve years old when she worked this rectangular sampler with four sets of alphabet symbols of varying colors, chiefly yellow, brown, and green. Signature, date, and location on bottom portion, along with small images of birds, flowers, and foodstuffs. Trimmed with yellow and green border pattern. The name of Eliza’s teacher, Eliza Burton, is also included on the work.
Variable Star Pattern Friendship Quilt (MM2014.08.002)
Variable Star Pattern Friendship Quilt (MM2014.08.002)
Various makers, Buckingham or Plumstead Townships, Bucks County
c. 1850
Gift of Roy and Nancy Kolb, 2014
Printed cotton front with cotton/linen backing. Seven rows, seven columns in design, each with signed white cotton center panel. Background is white with small red flower pattern. Stars of blue, brown, green, yellow, and red with chintz, floral, calico, stripes, and checker patterns. Signatures include members of the Michener, White, Swartz, Corson, Fenton, Wesner, Fell and Eyre Families.
Speedex Wire Strippers (MM2014.14.001)
Speedex Wire Strippers (MM2014.14.001)
Whiz-Master Co., Rockford, Illinois
c. 1940
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Bucks County Historical Society Collections Committee
Two handles with diamond-patterned grips. Between handles are a thick spring and a stabilized core that allows the handles to slide and close the grip and teeth of the wire stripper. Teeth cut six different sizes. Used by Virginia Knight while an employee of the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in Johnsville, Warminster Twp., to wire Brewster Buffalos and F4U Corsairs during World War II.
Beading Plane (MM2015.02.001)
Beading Plane (MM2015.02.001)
Attributed to Edward Good, Plumstead Twp., Bucks County
Late 18th century
Gift of Kenneth Hopfel, 2015
Molding plane made and likely used by Edward Good, a Plumstead Township carpenter who executed much of the woodwork at the Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse, built in 1768. Stamped name, “E. Good,” on toe. Beech.
Lacey Park Firemen's Helmet (MM2015.03.001)
Lacey Park Firemen's Helmet (MM2015.03.001)
Cairns & Brother, Clifton, New Jersey
c. 1950
Gift of Joseph Faust, Jr., Warminster Township Fire Company
Organized in 1944, the Lacey Park Fire Company was founded to help protect the U.S. government's housing project erected for servicemen at the Johnsville Naval Station. Its original charter had 24 members. The first president was B.J. Schweitzer and the first chief was William Murphy (served 1944-1954). Many of the men serving the company graduated from the Pennsylvania State Fire School, and some graduated from the Navy firefighting school at the Philadelphia Naval Base. In 1975, the company's operations were suspended, and the Warminster Fire Company was given responsibility for firefighting in the area previously served by the Lacey Park Fire Company. The two companies were merged in 1977.
Watercolor Painting:  "Return from the Dress Parade" (MM2015.05.001)
Watercolor Painting: "Return from the Dress Parade" (MM2015.05.001)
William B. T. Trego (1858-1909), North Wales, Pennsylvania
1890-1900
Gift of Debra Anderson, 2015
This is a rare watercolor work by the Bucks and Montgomery County artist, William Trego. The picture depicts American cavalrymen of the 1880s period. The work apparently has been cut down from its original size – its present dimensions are 14.5 x 12.5 inches. The museum is indebted to historian and Trego scholar Joseph Eckhardt for his assistance in securing this gift to the collections.
Farm Toy Set (MM2015.08.005)
Farm Toy Set (MM2015.08.005)
Timpo Toys, United Kingdom
1950s
This set, comprised of a toy farmhouse and farm animals, was a plaything of Francine Stone, daughter of Sara Seegar and Ezra Stone of Newtown, Bucks County. The Stones were stage and screen actors who, in 1948, purchased land and established Stone Meadows Farm in Newtown. They added to the farm in 1952, becoming successful dairy farmers while continuing to pursue their performance careers.
Redware Storage Pot (MM2015.09.004)
Redware Storage Pot (MM2015.09.004)
John Pflieger, Rockhill Twp., Bucks County
1891
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
Wheel-thrown earthenware pot with glazed interior. On base is a six-line incised inscription: “Rock Hill 1891/this Pott was/made By/John Pflieger/of/Rock Hill.” Pflieger was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents, later moving to Rockhill where he farmed and apparently operated a small pottery.
“Swamp Angel” Toy Cap Cannon (MM2015.09.005)
“Swamp Angel” Toy Cap Cannon (MM2015.09.005)
American, c. 1890s
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
Toy cannon with one piece body and base, operated via a spring mechanism inside and a hammer on back end for firing. Decorative roundels on either side of base around cannon name in a pennant flag. Originally toy was mounted on four wheels, but only two front ones remain. The name “Swamp Angel” recalls the nickname of a Civil War artillery piece, a 200 pdr. Parrott Rifle, used to lob shells into the city of Charleston, S.C. in 1863. The cannon burst upon firing its thirty-sixth round.
Bristol Fire Co. No. 1 Fire Helmet (MM2015.09.007)
Bristol Fire Co. No. 1 Fire Helmet (MM2015.09.007)
Cairns and Brother, New York, New York
c. 1890
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
“New York style” leather helmet, painted red and ochre. Founded in 1857 as an independent company, Bristol Fire Co. No. 1 joined with other area fire companies in the late 1800s and early 1900s to form the Fire Department of Bristol Borough. Present-day Bristol Station 51 traces its origins to this company.
Branding Iron (MM2015.09.024)
Branding Iron (MM2015.09.024)
Peter Derr, Berks County, Pennsylvania
1856
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
Made by Peter Derr (1793-1868), a Berks County smith who produced a variety of metal products and, rather uncommonly for his era, frequently inscribed his name and initials on his work. Derr fashioned this branding iron for a “G. Miller.” Such irons were used to stamp a variety of wooden objects, including casks and barrels.
Advertising Thermometer (MM2015.09.025)
Advertising Thermometer (MM2015.09.025)
American, mid 20th-century
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
Thermometer promoted the H.E. Snyder Cigar Company of Perkasie, Bucks County, which marketed its products under the “White Ash” brand.
Motif Sampler (MM2015.09.035)
Motif Sampler (MM2015.09.035)
Caroline B. Crook (b. 1822), New Hope, Bucks County
1835
Gift of David B. Long, 2015
Caroline worked this sampler when she was twelve years old. The daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Barrell Crook, she later married in 1840 and with her husband raised a family of nine children in the Philadelphia area. Caroline’s older sister, Sarah, also executed a sampler, dated 1834, which is now in the Mercer Museum collection as well.

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