Two Centuries of Costume in America, Volume 1 (1620-1820)


TWO CENTURIES OF COSTUME IN AMERICA MDCXX-MDCCCXX ALICE MORSE EARLE AUTHOR OF “SUN-DIALS AND ROSES OF YESTERDAY” “OLD TIME GARDENS,” ETC. VOLUME I Nineteen Hundred and Three Madam Padishal and Child Madam Padishal and Child. To George P. Brett “An honest Stationer (or Publisher) is he, that exercizeth his Mystery (whether it be in printing, bynding or selling of Bookes) with more respect to the glory of God & the publike aduantage than to his owne Commodity & is both an ornament & a profitable member in a ciuill Commonwealth.... If he be a Printer he makes conscience to exemplefy his Coppy fayrely & truly. If he be a Booke-bynder, he is no meere Bookeseller (that is) one who selleth meerely ynck & paper bundled up together for his owne aduantage only: but he is a Chapman of Arts, of wisdome, & of much experience for a little money.... The reputation of Schollers is as deare unto him as his owne: For, he acknowledgeth that from them his Mystery had both begining and means of continuance. He heartely loues & seekes the Prosperity of his owne Corporation: Yet he would not iniure the Uniuersityes to advantage it. In a word, he is such a man that the State ought to cherish him; Schollers to loue him; good Customers to frequent his shopp; and the whole Company of Stationers to pray for him.” —GEORGE WITHER, 1625. CONTENTS VOL. I I. APPAREL OF THE PURITAN AND PILGRIM FATHERS II. DRESS OF THE NEW ENGLAND MOTHERS III. ATTIRE OF VIRGINIA DAMES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS IV. A VAIN PURITAN GRANDMOTHER V. THE EVOLUTION OF COATS AND WAISTCOATS VI. RUFFS AND BANDS VII. CAPS AND BEAVERS IN COLONIAL DAYS VIII. THE VENERABLE HOOD IX. CLOAKS AND THEIR COUSINS X. THE DRESS OF OLD-TIME CHILDREN XI. PERUKES AND PERIWIGS XII. THE BEARD XIII. PATTENS, CLOGS, AND GOLOE-SHOES XIV. BATTS AND BROAGS, BOOTS AND SHOES LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS IN VOLUME I MADAM PADISHAL AND CHILD Frontispiece This fine presentation of the dress of a gentlewoman and infant child, in the middle of the seventeenth century, hung in old Plymouth homes in the Thomas and Stevenson families till it came by inheritance to the present owner, Mrs. Greely Stevenson Curtis of Boston, Mass. The artist is unknown. JOHN ENDICOTT Born in Dorchester, Eng., 1589. Died in Boston, Mass., 1665. He emigrated to America in 1628; became governor of the colony in 1644, and was major-general of the colonial troops. He hated Indians, the Church of Rome, and Quakers. He wears a velvet skull-cap, and a finger-ring, which is somewhat unusual; a square band; a richly fringed and embroidered glove; and a “stiletto” beard. This portrait is in the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass. EDWARD WINSLOW Born in England, 1595; died at sea, 1655. One of the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1620; and governor of that colony in 1633, 1636, 1644. This portrait is dated 1651. It is in Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth,

Alice Morse Earle

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