Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Venetian Blinds made in Williamsburg #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

Made in Williamsburg

venetian blindsVenetian blinds were widely made and used in both the Old World and the New. This how-to-do-it illustration also comes from Diderot Encyclopedia. In two of the bedrooms at the Brush-Everard House in Williamsburg and in one at the Raleigh Tavern stand commodious pieces of furniture that today would probably have to be called cupboards. The eighteenth-century housewife called them clothes presses, and they served her as a place to keep the family bedding and clothing. Samuel Galt was a watchmaking and silversmithing craftsman from 1750 until his death. His older son, James, was also a silversmith until 1770 when he was appointed the first keeper of the "Lunatick Hospital" in Williamsburg. The younger son, John Minson Galt, acquired a medical education in Edinburgh and London and was later a partner in the apothecary and chirurgical establishment of Dr. James Pasteur. Dickinson, an apprentice in the cabinet shop of Anthony Hall on Nicholson Street, was well equipped to make better furniture than any of these three clothes presses. During the Revolutionary War, he served as an officer and was killed at the Battle of Monmouth. The appraisers of the estate of Mr. Dickinson mentioned a Bucktrout, valued his possessions at #164. Also, the library of some forty volumes was valued at #20.   . . . more . . .

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