Lecture: Bed, Furniture and Window Curtain Textiles in Piscataqua Inventories 1700-1800

Berwick Academy: Whipple Art Center/Theater (31 Academy Street, South Berwick, ME 03908)

Inventories of wealthy citizens reveal many high-end fabrics used for bed coverings and curtains plus, as the 18th century progressed, an increasing number of window curtains. The inventory of Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth (d. 1794) is notable for its inclusion of a silk quilt paired with worsted damask bed and window curtains with window squabs. Middling and aspiring families such as Tobias Lear and Bartholomew Stavers owned bed and window curtains of furniture check. Historian Sandra Rux will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using inventories to help reconstruct the stories of the lives lived by early Piscataqua people.

Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website.

The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at www.oldberwick.org.

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