Describing 190 items in detail, pictured in black and white photos, this reprint of Nina Fletcher Little's classic 1975 guide surveys the arts and crafts of colonial New England, the culmination of Little's 60-year career collecting and writing about New England antiques.
"[Little's] special contribution was to bridge the worlds of American antiques and folk art, bringing the antiquarian's passion for the past to the study of folk art. She combined a keen appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of an object with a determination to discover everything possible about the historical and social context in which it was created—who made it, when and where, how it was used and by whom. For her there was no contest between object and context: she honored both."—Folk Art