"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

Colonial Society

photo of tea scene
In this photo:

GRANDFATHER CLOCK, maple clock with all internal works also made of wood, 1770

ALABASTER URNS with griffin heads and mermaid tails, 18th century
TEAPOT, white and gold china, 18th century
  On loan from the collection of:
    --A. Moffett
SILVER LADLE from colonial Pennsylvania, 1700s
    --Maureen Harding, Iowa City IA
ENGLISH CUPS and SAUCER that belonged to George and Martha Washington, made by Derby Porcelain Company, late 1700s
    --Claude and Jeanne Harkins
WINDSOR CHAIRS, typically made in Philadelphia for the export trade from 1760-1800
CREAMER SET of Delft china, and PORCELAIN BOWL made in Leeds, England, late 1700s
    --Lou and Colleen Picek, Main Street Antiques and Art, West Branch IA
SIDEBOARD (20th century construction) of mahogany reproduced in the Federal style (1795-1810)
COSTUMES (reproductions) representing that of a servant, and a teenager of the mid-1700s
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA

Tea Time

In comparison to their English and European cousins, life for a majority of colonists was good. The economy was prosperous and there were opportunities to better oneself, even for poor immigrants. The further one rose in society, however, the more "Old World" styles were found in homes, mannerisms, and of course fashion. Wealthy men, women and children dressed like London aristocrats who followed the latest in style from their French counterparts.


Who Were We? Sub-Sections
Three Georgraphic Regions
  Slave Chains
  Daniel Boone, Trailblazer to the West
Colonial Society (You are here)
Faith and Literacy
The Taverns
  Wine Glasses of George and Martha Washington


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