Living room ceiling, Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.
Living room ceiling lath detail, Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.
Living room ceiling lath nail detail, Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.
Living room ceiling lath nail detail, Korns farmhouse, Southampton Township, Somerset County.

Living room ceiling, Korns family farmhouse

The first photo shows a general view of the living room ceiling in the now-uninhabited house that belonged to Daniel Korns, Jr., then to John Wilson Korns, then to Allen Korns. This house was lived in by five generations of the Korns family, and this photo shows some of the remodeling that occurred over the years. This photo shows the metal framework of a modern dropped ceiling installed under an older plaster ceiling to conceal a heating duct and modern wiring.

The second photo shows a detail of the plaster lath that shows circular saw marks. The use of a circular saw to cut the lath dates the lath to post circa 1825-1835.

The third and fourth photos show that the wooden lath was retained with round-headed wire nails that were not used in the United States until circa 1883. If I had to guess, it would be pretty safe to guess that the wooden lath was part of a remodeling job that took place after circa 1883.

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