17th & 18th Century Household Goods In Suffolk County Massachusetts -inventories For Sale
“Rural Household Inventories. Establishing the Names, Uses and Furnishings of Rooms in the Colonial New England Home, 1675-1775”
Edited by Abbott Lowell Cummings.
Published in Boston by the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1964.
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A very interesting study of 109 period inventories from Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Suffolk County was larger then than it is now, and many of the towns included here are no longer part of the county. Then as now its most significant city is Boston, but the researchers decided to exclude Boston from the survey because of the city bias it would have introduced into the result, and because, proportionately, a much higher percentage of period dwellings survive to the present day in the suburbs of the city than in the city itself. Having decided on the parameters of the study, the researchers painstakingly copied the trove of surviving wills, bonds, accounts and inventories still extant in the Suffolk County Registry of Probate, and "translated" them from 17th and 18th century English (and punctuation) to 20th century English. - "A valuable compilation that has helped to draw attention to the inventory as a way of providing insight into the domestic life of the past" (Ames & Ward).
Hardcover. 7"x10", 306 pages, some black & white illustrations.
Minor soil, but otherwise clean and nice, with a tight binding.
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