American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation

American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation

by Carolyn L. White
     
 

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Bracelets, buckles, buttons, and beads. Clasps, combs, and chains. Items of personal adornment fill museum collections and are regularly uncovered in historical period archaeological excavations. But until the publication of this comprehensive volume, there has been no basic guide to help curators, registrars, historians, archaeologists, or collectors identify this

Overview

Bracelets, buckles, buttons, and beads. Clasps, combs, and chains. Items of personal adornment fill museum collections and are regularly uncovered in historical period archaeological excavations. But until the publication of this comprehensive volume, there has been no basic guide to help curators, registrars, historians, archaeologists, or collectors identify this class of objects from colonial and early republican America. Carolyn L. White helps the reader understand and interpret these artifacts, discussing their source, manufacture, materials, function, and value in early American life. She uses them as a window on personal identity, showing how gender, age, ethnicity, and class were often displayed through the objects worn. White draws not only on the items themselves, but uses their portrayal in art, contemporary writings, advertisements, and business records to assess their meaning to their owners. A reference volume for the shelf of anyone interested in early American material culture. Over 100 illustrations and tables.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759114654
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
American Association for State and Local History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
37 MB
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Meet the Author

Carolyn L. White is assistant professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a research fellow at Boston University.

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