Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jonathan Newell's Store

The inventory of the estate of Jonathan Newell who resided near Jamestown included an oyster-shell trunk.  Records of York County, vol. 1675-1685. He had a store in York County and among the supplies sold in his store were cow-bells and wool-cards. Women used the wol-cards to straighten out sheep wool.  A card consisted of a piece of wood with a handle, and it had nails or needle-like objects driven through the back to the front of the card. Colonial women would put a handful of wool on a card and then use another card to comb the wool back and forth until it was as straight and soft as possible. After the combing,  the wool was ready for the spinning wheel.

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