John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the furnishings of the Pilgrims settlers in Plymouth Colony during the Old Colony period. The households of Plymouth varied along a wide range with respect to the possession of material objects, and the inventories show a clear trend throughout the 70-year span of Plymouth Colony toward more ample and more diversified physical possessions. Tables and chairs were present in most Old Colony households, but in rather limited numbers, and a single full-fledged chair seems to have sufficed in many cases. No room apart from the hall was furnished so as to imply regular use by the residents in their normal round of waking activities.

Keywords: furnishings; Pilgrim settlers; Plymouth Colony; Old Colony; material objects; chair; hall

Chapter.  5335 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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