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Table Furnishings - Pewter, Glassware, Cutlery And Brass
ALTHOUGH silver was universally employed and highly prized, as we have seen, pewter was a necessity even in the kitchens of the wealthy. Of course, among the lower classes it took the place of silver in all parts of the house.
Costumes - The Man Of Fashion: His Wigs And Hats
THERE is a general impression that people on this side of the water scorned dress and fashion in Colonial times, and that the beau was a type entirely unknown. It is erroneous. The people who frequented the balls and assemblies, routs, tea-gardens and coffee-houses of New York closely followed London fashions.
Costumes - The Clothes Men Wore
AND now, if it be asked how our exquisite, who, until 1749, was known as a Fribble, was dressed, we shall have to note that about 17271730 he wore black velvet breeches, a Ramilies wig, a coat that fitted very smartly and was buttoned tightly at the waist, trimmed with lace, and open from the neck to the waist to show the lace ruffles beneath it.
Costumes - Coats, Buttons, Shoes And Gloves
HAVING spoken of fashions and of the tailors who made every effort to secure them promptly, a few specific examples of what some individuals actually owned will prove of interest. We can hardly wonder that the owner of the coat described below as lost in 1746 was anxious to recover it.
Dress Of Women - Toilet, Paints And Perfumes
A lady's dressing-table exhibited an extraordinary array of paste-pots, scent-bottles, jars of pomatum, bags of perfume, pincushions, boxes of rouge, powder and unguents, washes, pastillios de Rocca to sweeten the breath, and dishes, bowls and spoons for mixing the various compounds considered necessary to improve the skin, eyebrows, lips, hands and hair.
Dress Of Women - Hair Dressing: Caps And Hats
THROUGHOUT the Eighteenth Century, the arrangement of the hair was eccentric.
Dress Of Women - Gloves, Shoes, And Stays
OUR colonial ancestors wore many varieties of gloves. We find among the importations from time to time : worsted and kid gloves, 1743 ; shammy and glazed gloves and silk mittens, 1750 ; women's and maid's black ruff gloves, white kid and lamb gloves...
Dress Of Women - Hoops And Mantua Makers
FROM the beginning of the Eighteenth Century until 1789, the most distinguishing feature of woman's dress was the hoop. It was so large in Queen Anne's time, that no-one could imagine it increasing in size.
Dress Of Women - Extravagance And Economy
AFTER having enumerated the various articles of costume and toilets and examined the contents of the milliners' and mantua-makers' shops, it is very evident that the New York woman of fashion differed slightly, if at all, from her London prototype.
Dress Of Women - Jewelry And Ornaments
IN many inventories of well-to-do New Yorkers, one or two jewels are mentioned. Nearly every-body owned a gold or silver watch. A chain of pearls and a few diamond rings were not uncommon possessions.
Amusements - Outdoor Sports
AT all seasons of the year, the New Yorker was fond of both outdoor and indoor amusements. The traditional sour-visaged Puritan would have been out of place here. There was singing, dancing and feasting all the year round.
Amusements - Theatres
IN New York in the time of the Georges, many inhabitants were strongly opposed to theatrical entertainments. The earliest newspaper notice of a theatre occurs in 1733, when George Talbot sold furniture next door to the Playhouse.
Amusements - Music
AMONG the accomplishments and entertainments, music held no small place ; yet the music of colonial days differed very greatly from the art in favour at the present time. The world's popular composers then were Handel, Bach, Corelli, the two Scarlattis, Hasse, Jomelli, Haydn, Rameau, Purcell, Lulli, Gluck, Boccherini, Arne, Piccini, Geminiani and Tartini.
Amusements - Balls, Assemblies And Public Entertainments
ONE of Society's chief diversions was dancing ; but the dances of the Georgian age were far more graceful than those of today. We cannot doubt that there were many entertainments in private homes for which Mr. Lenzi and other caterers supplied the supper and made the table attractive with sweets, jellies, custards, cakes, syllabubs, wines and fruits.
Amusements - Shows And Exhibitions
MARIONETTES, puppet-shows and waxworks were extremely popular. New exhibitions of this character were constantly being imported. Posture-makers, tumblers, acrobats, conjurers and rope-walkers not unfrequently appeared with these shows.
Manners, Food And Culture - Accomplishements
BOTH men and women of the upper classes were not only well educated, but were expected to have accomplishments. New York was rich in private schools and competent teachers. In the schools, mathematics, Greek, Latin, and modern languages received much attention, and it was usually the custom for the wives of school-masters to hold classes for young ladies, especially to instruct them in plain and fancy needlework and embroidery.
Food From The Fields And The Sea
IN former pages, the importance of kitchen gardens and orchards has been fully disclosed in the accounts of houses and estates for sale or lease. Fruits and vegetables were raised in large quantities from the earliest times.
Markets And Cookery
OWNERS of country-seats could bountifully supply their tables from their own possessions with dairy produce, fruits, vegetables, flesh, fowl and sometimes with fish also. For the rest of the community, there were public markets to which the country people of Staten Island, New Jersey, and Long Island brought provisions every day.
Taverns And Tea Gardens
TAVERNS played a very important part in the social life of the day, and the hosts were respected in the community and were frequently of considerable weight and standing. The best taverns had always a large room for entertainments and balls, and these were largely patronized by the gentry.
Fashion And Luxury
MANNERS and customs in the polite society in New York followed closely those of London. All the fads and changing fancies of English fashionable life were faithfully reproduced here. These were imported with other up-to-date luxuries.
Extravagance And A Return To Simplicity
THE luxury and frivolities of some of the wealthy sometimes caused grave offence to the staid old-fashioned class, and the voice of the censor and moralist was frequently heard. If we may believe a writer in 1739, society in New York was going to the dogs.
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