American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide by Carolyn L. White

By Carolyn L. White

Bracelets, buckles, buttons, and beads. Clasps, combs, and chains. goods of non-public adornment fill museum collections and are on a regular basis exposed in ancient interval archaeological excavations. yet till the e-book of this finished quantity, there was no uncomplicated advisor to assist curators, registrars, historians, archaeologists, or creditors determine this type of items from colonial and early republican the United States. Carolyn L. White is helping the reader comprehend and interpret those artifacts, discussing their resource, manufacture, fabrics, functionality, and price in early American existence. She makes use of them as a window on own identification, displaying how gender, age, ethnicity, and sophistication have been frequently displayed during the gadgets worn. White attracts not just at the goods themselves, yet makes use of their portrayal in artwork, modern writings, ads, and enterprise files to evaluate their aspiring to their vendors. A reference quantity for the shelf of an individual drawn to early American fabric tradition. Over a hundred illustrations and tables.

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The archaeologically recovered artifacts of personal adornment illustrated in this volume were excavated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, under the direction of the archaeological staff at Strawbery Banke Museum. Artifacts from the Richard Hart, Richard Shortridge, Sherburne, Marshall, and Rider-Wood sites are illustrated in this volume. These are domestic sites occupied between 1680 and 1820. 1. Categories of personal adornment discussed in this volume USING THIS GUIDE I hope that this guide will be used by scholars and students of material culture across a variety of disciplines and interests.

New England cities and towns contained populations of a mix of ages and genders, and they were home to rich, poor, and those in between. This already complicated population wrestled with national identity in the time span covered in this volume as New England transformed from British colonial rule to membership in the new United States. These particular sets of differences are only some of the myriad identities that were significant in the lives of individual New Englanders, and they all could be reflected in personal appearance.

But how do these identities relate to the larger social milieu? 19 The substance of identity is construed by and through the acts, gestures, and enactments performed by the individual. These actions are performed for a social audience, who reinforces the fabrication of the identity to the individual performer. These acts are believed by both the actor (the individual) and the audience (the larger society or some broader grouping). 20 It is the creation or conduct of the performance and the participation of both audience and performer that generate the identity, and the identity itself is the performance.

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