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Friday, July 4, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

English Merchants

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There were a number of merchants in England who transacted business with the Virginia colonists. Mr. Isaac Cullen kept a store and was the agent of John Harris and John Cooper, merchants of England, in 1675.  The goods which he kept were canvas, cottons, hollands, kerseys, Scotch cloth, jeans, broadcloth, blue linen, tape, ribbon, thread, buttons, combs, hose, shoes and other articles for wear.

Likewise, the store kept by Colonel Francis Eppes of Henrico County discloses (in 1678) had a more extensive inventory consisting of 120 ells of dowlas (linen), 51 ells of oznaburg, 60 ells of cnvas, 312 ells of holland and 80 yards of table and napkin diaper.

Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-1692.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Virginia Wills and Estates

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Monday, April 28, 2014

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Not so Glamorous

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Colonial women had few clothes. Generally, a work or day-time) dress, apron and a dress for special occasions was the standard.  There were no closets and clothes were kept neatly folded inside of a chest. New clothes were made by making a pattern of the old dress and duplicating it. Women had to spin the cloth, then hand-stitch the item.  The hairdo was kept in place by sleeping on a wooden bolster (under the neck). Try that one for your vertabrae! Despite what the movies depict of the days on the plantation, the days were filled with chores and responsibilties, not only for the household, but for the servants as well. Although the mistress of the home usually managed a small household staff, she dispensed all of the medicine and acted as a nurse. She had to teach servants the most rudimentary chores, such as sewing. Oftentimes, there was not a girl available to be the household seamstress, so the mistress made clothes for her own children as well as for the servants. That was a daunting task, ladies!  The glamorous costumes were mostly worn from titled English ladies or the colonial governor's wife.  

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Featherbeds




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The inventory of the average planter in Virginia during the 17th century revealed a variety of household articles among the different apartments of a dwelling.  The home of Thomas Osborne of Henrico County left a personalty calculated to be worth 125 pounds sterling. There was furniture, tableware, bed and table linen and the utensils in the kitchen and dairy. The room designed as the "best" contained a feather-bed, bolster, pair of pillows, curtains and valance, a blanket and a worsted rug. There were also two chests with locks and keys, a framed table, one small sideboard table, one chest of drawers, six high and six low leather chairs, a small old-fashioned looking glass, pair of andirons with brass bosses, pair of bellows and a small leather trunk. Source: Records of Henrico County, Vol. 1688-97, page 350.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Jonathan Newell's Trunk

oyster shells were used in Colonial construction
The bedchamber of the colonial family always contained a trunk and chest. The trunk was usually plain leather, the gilt leather, the cabinet and the seal skin. However, the inventory of the estate of Jonathan Newell included an oyster-shell trunk. Source: Records of York County, vol. 1675-1685, page 146.


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