The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: October 27

WILLIAMSBURG, October 27, 1774.
Just IMPORTED, and to be sold by the subscriber, in Williamsburg, the following articles, viz. Irish linens, dark grounded fine, Irish callicoes, white sattin, minionet, blond, and black lace, silk peticoats, sattin, stuff, and Didsbury leather shoes, gauze, catgut, and ribbands, silk, cotton, and thread stockings, shenell of all colours, net hoods, patent net ditto, and aprons, tambour sword knots, gilt and other writing paper, under, worsted, and thread stockings, a large assortment of ladies elegant caps, fine Irish garters, and wafers, black silk paterns, violet hair powder, powder puffs, and hair pins, fine lawn and silk pocket handkerchiefs, wash balls, white and coloured trimmings for ladies sacks, freemason sashes and broaches, sattin cloaks, hats, and bonnets; Dresden worked ruffles, childrens stockings, shaving powder, fans, French beads, silk gloves and mits, childrens shoes and stays, flannel waistcoats, new rosebags, paste necklaces and earrings, ditto sprigs and pins, pearl, garnet, paste, and plain gold lockets, sets of paste buttons for ladies stomachers and sleeve knots, soilstone, paste, silver, pinchbeck, and mourning buckles, paste and silver stock and knee buckles, gold and pebble sleeve buttons, coral and bells, silver teaspoons, salt shovels, punch ladles, tea tongs, and thimbles, ladies riding hats and whips, toothpick cases, inside and outside tooth brushes, pruning, office, pen and travelling knives, printing types, with double sets of letters and figures, seals and trinkets, watch chains, strings, and keys, diamond pencils, sword cases and rattans, violins, asses ikin memorandum books, with instruments, silk purses, cotton night caps and hair nets, with laces, dolls, and toys, and many other things too numerous to insert. The above GOODS to be sold on reasonable terms for ready money. C. RATHELL.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) October 27, 1774

About this entry:

Catherine Rathall was a successful milliner who occupied shops in 3 different locations from 1766-1775. Careful examination of her ad reveals that she was aware of the latest fashion trends in England, and that she offered goods of the highest quality and fashion for cash only. In 1775 she advertised the sale of the entire contents of her shop (located across from the Raleigh Tavern) and booked passage to return to England. The reason for this decision is not known. She may have been a loyalist, or the nonimportation agreements may have made it too difficult for her to continue to offer the latest fashions in her shop. She died before reaching England when the ship on which she was a passenger floundered within sight of Liverpool.

Sources: WAR

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