Friday, November 20, 2015

17th Century Stockings and Shoes

The inventory of the store of Edward Phelps was taken in 1679, showing enormous disproportions of cloths and clothing as compared with other kinds of goods. There was 675 yards of linen of many varieties and 300 yards of woollen, 81 pairs of stockings, 50 pairs of shoes, tape, gimp, thread buttons, felt hats, blankets, curtains and valance. Source: Inventory of personal property of Phelps at his death, Records of York County, vol. 1675-1685, p. 172.  One finds such personal information in the old Wills and Estates where colonials imparted inventories of their plantations and gave legacies to their heirs.  Virginia Pioneers has a large collection of old Wills and Estates on the website.

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