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Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century HouseholdThe World of Alice Le Strange$
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Jane Whittle and Elizabeth Griffiths

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233533.001.0001

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Material Culture

Material Culture

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Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century Household

Jane Whittle

Elizabeth Griffiths

Oxford University Press

Studies of early modern consumption have concentrated on durable objects which furnished the home, the goods recorded in probate inventories and those preserved in museums. Probate inventories are problematic because they record textiles very poorly, and museums tend only to preserve the most exquisite luxury objects, which were not typical of the period. Gentry household accounts provide the link between these two approaches to material culture, and a wealth of details about textiles and small everyday items such as pottery and glassware. The chapter looks in turn at clothing and textiles, bedroom and living room furnishings, dining ware and kitchen ware, and the meanings assigned to goods, particularly gendered meanings evident from wills.

Keywords:   material culture, probate inventories, textiles, clothing, beds, dining, kitchen ware, wills, linen, silverware

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