Sunday, June 8, 2008

Genealogy Guys Acknowledgment

The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss genealogy-- their podcast is the longest-running, continuous genealogy podcast in the world. ( )

They kindly made a follow-up mention in the June 4th '08 episode to the True Lover's Knot referencing their original story in their December '07 podcast. They generously mention the Real Simple magazine publication and link to it and this blog.

(The story begins at about the 14th minute into the recording.)

Here's the link to that particular mp3 Direct download:

And here's the original podcast story from the Guys' December '07 episode mp3 Direct download:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Keep it or Sell it?

I submitted the Knot to Real Simple magazine, via a contact at Time, Inc., last year. As a result, its image was published along with a brief caption in the June 2008 issue which hit the newstands the week of May 11th.

It also appears online at this link:,21863,1739324-9,00.html

The article, "Keep It or Sell It?" appeared in the Home section and was subtitled: "Sometimes only an expert can tell whether an object is worth $350 or $3.50. Nine Real Simple readers find out the value of their stuff."

The image and the copy relating to the Knot appeared in the 9th, last column, of the 4-page piece. I suppose it was the penultimate placement, as it was the piece with potentially the most monetary value attached to it.

The article was written by Nicole Sforza, the editor of the Home section, and Kendell Cronstrom. The appraisers they enlisted to examine the submissions included two who were quoted regarding the Knot's value-- and their opinions differed.

Susan Bednar Long, a principal of Tocar Interior Design in NYC, suggested it could be worth thousands, but that it "probably has more sentimental value"... while Jim Antone, owner of Pleasant Cove Antiques in Florida, disagreed, suggesting it "belongs in a museum" and estimating its worth at tens of thousands.

Today, I followed up my email correspondence with Samuel T. Freeman of Freeman's -- "America's Oldest Auction House" on Chestnut Street in downtown Philadelphhia.

I met with two representatives at their bi-monthly Wednesday open appraisal days-- Amy Parenti, the Coordinator and Jim Buckley, the Executive Vice President.

They seemed intrigued, and suggested that I leave the piece-- yes, I got a receipt!-- for review by one of their Americana experts in the field. I should have their appraisal in writing in about two weeks. In the meantime, the Lover's Knot resides in their temperature-controlled vault until I can retrieve it.

I supplied them with lots of "provenance" materials for reference, which they made copies of as well. I feel that I'm doing the right thing, protecting this family asset by having it properly appraised, and ultimately insured.

Hugh Pugh's fine work is now published nationally and I'm thrilled to have brought his legacy into the light of day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


This "fraktur"-style artifact was made for my maternal great, great, great grandmother Mary Fisher BOWEN (b. 1781 - d. 1850, St. Clair, Bedford Co., PA). by her itinerant schoolmaster, Hugh PUGH (b. 1747/48 Uwchlan, Chester Co., PA - d. aft. 1807, place unknown).

Date: December 9th, 1801
Medium: Brown writing inks; red, green, brown watercolor
Support: Laid paper
Size (H x W) 12-3/4" sq.

Mary FISHER's (maiden) name appears four times within the text.
Hugh PUGH's monogram -- "H Pugh" -- appears twice.

English text interwoven, (partial) transposed from the Knot

A true Lovers Knot to thee my Dear I send, An Emblem of true Love without an end, Crossing turning, winding in and out, Never ceasing turning round about. And as thee sees its Linkes and Crosses here, so hath thy Beauty prov'd to me a Snare, By observation of true Love I find I am bereaved of both heart and mind.

Most lovely fair one look with pity down, And do not on thy faithful Lover frown, But pardon him who ever doth thy Love desire, And ever will thy Beauteous form admire.

Therefore thou Lovely fair one let thy Beauty shine, With Beams of Comfort ravishing and divine, That so my raving Soul may by thy Love, Pass into Bliss if we both constant prove, Then shall these Crosses in this Knot of Love, Be all disdain'd if thou consenting prove.

Here is an Impression of my heart thee may see, Within this Knot that I present, to thee, Therefore thee may imagine that I am in grief, And none but thee can yield to me Relief, My ravished Soul doth ever long to see, The Marriage Knot so firmly ty'd between thee and me.