Antiques Bought & Sold 1917-1931 by Edward Dry, Boyertown, PA

Antiques Bought & Sold 1917-1931 by Edward Dry, Boyertown, PA

Item Info

Item No: frkm153000
Title: Antiques Bought & Sold 1917-1931 by Edward Dry, Boyertown, PA
Scripts/Text: Roman
Language: English
Physical Description: 302 p; Folio [?]; ledger format
Material: Wove lined and plain paper; various colored inks; graphite; pressed paper; cloth; thread; stamps; post cards; cut-outs.
Category: Account book (Kontobuch)
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Accompanying Materials Laid in or Attached:
Numerous items including postcards, election tallies, cut-outs from printed Taufscheins, flower and bird labels, genealogical research, newspaper clippings, etc.


Binding: Half bound with paper boards 


Biographical Note:

Antique picking is the art of buying antiques from auctions and sales and people and selling them at a profit to antique shops, dealers and individual collectors. People who do this are known as antique pickers. Edward A. Dry lived in the Boyertown area of Berks County, PA and supplemented his income as an antique picker. He mainly bought Pennsylvania German folk art in southeastern Pennsylvania, with a special interest in old coins and bills.


Physical Description:
[2 Front Flyleaf] [10 Register] 1-202 [203-204 cut out] 205-283 [284,285,286 blank] 287-288 [2 Back Flyleaf] =302p


Scope and Content:

Edward Dry’s Antiques Bought & Sold 1917-1931 ledger and book of mementos is a fascinating source for those interested in the antique pickers, and the Pennsylvania German decorative folk art they bought at auctions, estate sales, and from individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania, and then sold to antique shops, dealers, and private collectors.   Many of these same objects are now part of private collections, as well as of those at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur, and other prestigious libraries and museums.  

Associated Names: Roth, Mathias

Antique Dealers Papers at Winterthur
Retrieved September 9, 2013 from

Ira Smith. How to be an Antique Picker. July/August 1971.
Mother Earth News Online Retrieved September 9, 2013 from

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:As per manuscript

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1931
Image Dimensions Width: 36.2 cm
ShelfMark: FLP Borneman Ms. 153
Creator Name: Edward A. Dry - Author
Edward A. Dry - Decorator
Edward A. Dry - Scrivener

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