The most extensive exploration Carl Drepperd has done, covering everything from the houses of the pioneers to pharmaceutical containers, shaving mugs and buttons. Pioneer philosophers turned luxuries into staples and the story back of pioneer antiques includes human interest pieces, little known bits of history, a parade of invention and ingenuity, a study of folk art, research into pioneer science, vignettes of pioneer life, personalities and economics. There is something of the flavor of Lock Stock and Barrel which is the story of collecting -- and practically every antique hound will find something to his taste. Drepperd's books have hitherto been primarily handbooks for recognition and general introduction to collectors and amateurs. This is a definite contribution to better understanding of the pioneer scene.