How would you like to win an authentic German grainsack?
I recently just learned a lot more about grainsacks and I thought I'd share the info. with you.
There is a great deal of misinformation about grainsacks, for example,
some people will tell you that sacks with tar based inks are the only
authentic sacks-not true. In fact, inks used on grainsacks differed
both in quality and ingredients due mostly to regional influences.
Some people will tell you the color of the stripes (on the sacks) is
an indicator of the region where the sack was produced-also a fallacy.
In fact, all different colors were used throughout Germany. Some
people will tell you the sacks are hand made by the farmers
wives-somewhat true, and somewhat false. While some farmers wives made
sacks, many farmers purchased finished sacks at mills and took them
home, where they applied their own stencil. Unless you have proof of a
solid provenance, there is no way to tell which grainsacks were made
by the farmers wives and which were purchased at a mill.
The very best way to make sure you are purchasing a genuine product is
to know your seller and to ask questions. How did they authenticate
the grainsack? What are the criteria they used in the authentication
process? If they used an expert, who is the expert and what are their
qualifications? If the seller says "I can just tell from years of
experience," that's not a good answer. A credible expert, selling a
quality product will have done their homework and will share the
tangible, specific details that authenticate a grainsack as the
Before spending a great deal of money you, the buyer, also need to do
your homework. Don't take information at face value, jot down the
information you receive from a seller and do your own research,
educate yourself about the history and use of grain sacks, crosscheck
the information you're given with solid facts, contact experts and
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Here is what you need to do to win this beauty:
Go to the Bliss Farm Antiques blog and leave a comment letting her know that
"my sweet savannah sent me"
You also must become a follower of her blog.
If you have done those 2 things, you will be entered to win!
A random winner will be picked on Friday!