American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation by Carolyn L. WhiteAmerican Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation by Carolyn L. White

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

byCarolyn L. White

Paperback | August 26, 2005

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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 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.
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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Title:American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and InterpretationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 10.94 × 8.46 × 0.41 inPublished:August 26, 2005Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0759105898

ISBN - 13:9780759105898

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Table of Contents

1 CHAPTER 1: Introduction 2 CHAPTER 2: Sources for Interpreting Artifacts of Personal Adornment 3 CHAPTER 3: Clothing Fasteners 4 CHAPTER 4: Jewelry 5 CHAPTER 5: Hair Accessories 6 CHAPTER 6: Miscellaneous Accessories 7 References 8 Index 9 About the Author

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This is a wonderful guide to a class of artifacts that connects to individual idiosyncrasies. White opens up real possibilities for getting closer to people in the past and she gives us a method for doing it. This book not only identifies artifacts of personal adornment, it interprets them in cultural context. It is a gift to historical archaeologists and to all scholars who think about the construction of identity.