authenticity, Clothing, common dress, Events, Reenacting, Research, resources, Revolutionary War, Rhode Island
I have been thinking a great deal about Surprise Number 4, issues of authenticity in reenacting, and what is really important. As tempting as it would be to post an image of Surprise Number 4, I remember how ticked I was at the comments about an image of someone’s unkempt tent at Fort Frederick, so I can’t. It would be wrong. I may have missed the Dalai Lama today (HVAC will be my undoing, I think) but I didn’t miss the point about “doing unto others.”
So instead of philosophizing, have some photos.
The large one actually captures the entire Kitty Calash family, from Mr S at the right of the rank of soldiers to the Young Mr, in close proximity: a rare sighting indeed. Mr S’s calves stand out nicely in his new overalls, if I say so myself. Two more buttonholes, two more buttons, two more straps and those suckers are done. He did a good job, too, getting them dirty before Nathan Hale.
Yes, that’s my attempt at the “Ale House Door” jacket. The fit is OK, the style a little late for RevWar, but it’s what I have in wool for now, made from a Wm Booth Draper remnant, and that’s the first wearing of the Sharon Burnston apron.
Sew 18th Century has a nice post on baskets, and where to get them, but wondered about the documentation of the market basket. What I can find is 1732, Plate 1 of Hogarth’s series, The Harlots’ Progress, based on Moll Flanders.
Would these have been out of use by 1770? Hard to say—I think I may have seen this form in catchpenny prints, but I have only a print source for those and it’s buried in one of the many stacks of books at home.
Still, I love my newly-arrived basket, ordered from Jeanne Beatrice for $24.
And there I am running away. Coventry, Connecticut, here I come!
What a great price for your market basket! I know there’s a print closer to our era that shows a maid carrying a goose in something similar to our market basket. When I find the source online, I’ll let you know. : )
There is another image, isn’t there? Visual memory works better with real sources than online ones…but I’ll keep looking, too. Or stop looking, look for something else, and then find it! I hunted around for a basket with the sisal handles, and then this one appeared in Martha Stewart Living. She was really nice and shipped fast from Minnesota. PS happy birthday!
What a great price for your market basket! I know there’s a print of a maid carrying a goose in something similar to our market basket that’s closer to our era. When I find the print online I’ll let you know. : )
Klára Posekaná said:
Nice post, thanks. I find two later pictures of market baskets: