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Did this man do the gilding of the country house of the Mills family called Staatsburgh in NYS?

I recently I bought a historic photo of the construction crew at Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY. The photo dates to 1895. In examining the photo I discovered one of the workers was holding a Gilder’s “mop” brush and is likely the worker who did the gilding inside of the mansion and for anyone who has visited this NYS owned historic site knows that is a lot of gilding. I was the former Director of Education there from 1993-1997. I have been in contact with the current staff  and they are very excited about this new discovery.

 

 

 

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The only worker with a more formal standup collar and dark jacket and tie which may connote an artisan as opposed to a construction worker.
Holding a gilder’s mop brush. Large size may suggest architectural gilding as opposed to frame or signage sized gilder’s brushes.

NYS promotional video HERE

Visitor created video HERE

Photo at Library of Congress HERE

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