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Paul Pless
11-17-2015, 03:33 PM
“When cabbage and peas were often our best meal.” A Letter from an 18th-century Journeyman Cabinetmaker

In late October 1716 Jacob Arend, a journeyman cabinetmaker, was 28 years old and at a crossroads. He and his fellow journeyman, Johannes Witthalm, had recently finished work on a writing cabinet. They both worked for Servacius Arend, Jacob’s older brother and the cabinetmaker to the court of Würzburg in Germany. The writing cabinet was a masterpiece but Jacob felt the need to write a letter and conceal it in the cabinet. He made sure it would not be easily found and he was very successful in this endeavor. The letter was not found until December 1967 and it wasn’t until 2014 that the letter was translated and studied.

link to excellent story on chris schwartz's blog here: link (http://blog.lostartpress.com/2015/11/05/when-cabbage-and-peas-were-often-our-best-meal-a-letter-from-an-18th-century-journeyman-cabinetmaker/)




Captain Intrepid
11-17-2015, 03:59 PM
I do believe your sig applies in this case.

John Meachen
11-17-2015, 04:16 PM
A phenomenal piece of work.How many thousands of hours went into it?I have to admit to preferring the simplicity of the shaker aesthetic myself,but the odd reminder of what can be achieved by way of ornamentation can be worthwhile.

Hugh Conway
11-17-2015, 04:19 PM
A fine piece. Curious what space it was designed to occupy originally.

Interesting biography on who commissioned the piece on https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallus_Jacob 'illegal enrichment'.

And just a couple of years after the piece was finished Jacob lost a lawsuit and had to pay enough money for the cash construction downpayment on this:

11-17-2015, 04:22 PM
Have a look at this cabinet


11-17-2015, 04:24 PM
and this