The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 30

WILLIAMSBURG, April 30, 1772.
MARY DICKINSON informs the Publick that she has removed to the Store above the Coffeehouse, near the Capitol, and has just imported, from London, a fresh Assortment of JEWELLERY, MILLINERY, and other GOODS, namely, Lustrings, Tafetas, Chintzes, etc. various Sorts of Necklaces, Earrings, large sprigs and Paste Pins, plain and set Combs, Lockets and Crosses, Garnet and Marcasite Hoops, Ditto Tortoiseshell lined with Gold, many little curious Watch Trinkets, set shoe, Knee, and Stock, Buckles, gold Bands, Buttons, and Loops, Sword Knots, fine China Hose, etc. Ladies Riding Hats, Boys blue and black Satin Caps and Feathers, Satin Cloaks and Bonnets, blue and white Satin Pumps, white and blue Satin Quilts, Blond and Minionet Laces, Gentlemen's fine Minionet Lace Ruffles, complete Suits of Ditto for Ladies, Ribands, Riband Lace, Italian and Silver Stomachers and Knots, true Italian Fancy Caps, Nosegays and Breast Flowers, Egrets and Plumes, fine striped bordered Muslin and Lawn handkerchiefs, laced and flounced Ditto, Cambricks, fine Book and thick Muslins, Gauzes, Catgut, Queen's Net-worked Muslin Aprons, Lawn and Gauze Ditto, Gentlemen and Ladies Silk, Kid, and Lamb Gloves, Woolpacks with Drop Curls, netted Hoods, Gauze and laced Caps, and many other Articles too tedious to mention.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) April 30, 1772

Language notes:

Following are definitions of some of the items listed for sale: fine China Hose -- stockings Lustrings -- a glossy silk fabric Minionet -- a type of fine French bobbin lace made in narrow strips and having the consistency of tulle. Catgut -- a coarse cloth formed of thick cord, woven widely and used in the last century for lining and stiffening dress, particularly the skirts and sleeves of a coat. Woolpack -- large bag full of fleeces. Drop curls -- ringlets

Sources: OED

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