Eighteenth century farmers understood basket-making and it formed part of his occupation in winter evenings. Due to the availability of purchased materials and baskets this practice was of less importance by the 1840s although it was still recommended every gardener, forester, and woodman understand how to make a basket. Eighteenth century farmers often maintained theirContinue reading “GATHERING BASKETS: Description and Function©”
Those of us of a “certain age” know aprons as a sometimes pretty, but basically utilitarian, item of clothing meant to keep the dress underneath clean. Aprons stood laundering better than period dresses and there were thousands of these worn in earlier centuries. There were, however, some aprons that were strictly made and worn asContinue reading “APRONS As a Fashion Statement©”
I started a simple compilation of trades from the 18th century with the intention of explaining them in blog articles for the use of anyone who wants to create a first person character; however, I am such a diligent (compulsive) researcher this treatise quickly surpassed 170 pages and continues to grow. This will be farContinue reading “EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, CRAFTS, TRADES, & EMPLOYMENTS©”
(This is part of our series of articles on pre/post Rev War occupations. Men had trades before the war and they returned to them after independence was won.) The hair-dresser cut and dressed hair for both ladies and gentlemen, made wigs and hair pieces, created braids, and in some cases was also skilled in shaving.Continue reading “The Hair-Dresser: and Modes of Wearing the Hair© By: Victoria Brady”
(Part of a series of articles on 18th century professions as were practiced before and after the Revolutionary War. Men had professions before they became soldiers to fight for independence and they planned to resume that work afterward.) Apothecaries have been around since antiquity probably gaining little in knowledge prior to the 18th century. AnContinue reading “A Brief Look at 18th Century Apothecaries© – Victoria Brady”
“The Apothecary”, Frans van Mieris, 1714. In the early days of New England medicine, the clergy often administered physical care as well as tending the spirit and at least two eastern governors saw to the physic of the local citizenry. Gov. Winthrop of Connecticut and New Haven was, per Cotton Mather, “furnished with noble medicines,Continue reading “Medical Care in Colonial America©”
Martin speaking with a fellow SAR member in Birmingham February 22, 2020. We shared items from his kit, clothing, books and sources, &c with attendees at the Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution Southern district meeting conference and made new friends in the process. Photo credit for this image goes to Travis Parker.
A man’s shirt was a series of rectangles cut or torn from fabric and stitched together much like the illustration below. Linen was a common fabric and the fineness of the weave determined the cost, thus those of lesser means had shirts of coarser linen and gentlemen purchased a finer quality. Cotton and wool wereContinue reading “Men’s 18th Century Shirts”
Martin was making shoe packs while speaking with visitors at this event but when lunch was served he enjoyed a lunch break. Footware is one of many topics we will cover in our future posts. We hope you’ll visit again.