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 private adornment fill museum collections and are frequently exposed in old interval archaeological excavations. yet till the e-book of this finished quantity, there was no simple advisor to aid curators, registrars, historians, archaeologists, or creditors establish this category of gadgets from colonial and early republican the USA. Carolyn L. White is helping the reader comprehend and interpret those artifacts, discussing their resource, manufacture, fabrics, functionality, and cost in early American lifestyles. She makes use of them as a window on own identification, exhibiting how gender, age, ethnicity, and sophistication have been usually displayed in the course of the gadgets worn. White attracts not just at the goods themselves, yet makes use of their portrayal in paintings, modern writings, ads, and enterprise documents to evaluate their desiring to their vendors. A reference quantity for the shelf of somebody drawn to early American fabric tradition. Over a hundred illustrations and tables.

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The place where these elements are played out is on the surface of the body, which is essential to the role of personal adornment. As Butler describes: Acts, gestures, and desire produce the effect of an internal core or substance, but produce this on the surface of the body…. Such acts, gestures, enactments, generally construed, are performative in the sense that the essence or identity that they otherwise purport to express are fabrications manufactured and sustained through corporeal signs and other discursive means.

Table of Contents AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY BOOK SERIES Title Page Copyright Page Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 - Introduction CHAPTER 2 - Sources for Interpreting Artifacts of Personal Adornment CHAPTER 3 - Clothing Fasteners CHAPTER 4 - Jewelry CHAPTER 5 - Hair Accessories CHAPTER 6 - Miscellaneous Accessories References Index About the Author Acknowledgments I NEVER INTENDED TO WRITE THIS BOOK. WHEN I INITIATED my dissertation research, an examination of personal adornment from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I naively imagined myself comparing the artifact assemblages to published comparative examples from both archaeological and museological contexts.

I owe thanks to Paula Richter, who provided me with an internship at the Peabody-Essex Museum early in my graduate career during which I became interested in costume history. I appreciate the help, patience, and advice on photographing small artifacts provided by Michael Hamilton. I have also benefited in countless ways from the trusted friendship of Michele Clark, Emily Craig, David Craig, Jeremy Crean, Gillian Epstein, Jessica Goldberg, Dan Goldy, Ziyad Hopkins, Peter Kalb, Laura Lee, Ann-Eliza Lewis, Akin Ogundirun, Tim Scarlett, Joanna Pi-Sunyer, and David Seidenberg.

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