Friday, November 12, 2021

Jan Riser Collection: Cloth and Costume 1750 to 1800 Cumberland County Pennsylvania


This book tells the story of how the people who settled in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania dressed and how they furnish their homes with textiles. Analysis of all 1,220 estate inventories filed in the county from 1750 to 1800, together with wills, deeds, administrative papers, tax lists, indictments, newspapers and manuscripts, give rich detail about the men’s and women’s clothing, bed “furniture” and table linen during these fifty years.

The appendices list over 100 named varieties of cloth found in inventories or stores.

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