Daily Archives: March 2, 2018

The old and the new

Although I had started a blog about things historical, I seem to have lost access to it.  So rather than waste the posts, which I think are interesting, I have reposted them into this new blog.  I hope you enjoy … Continue reading

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Fame, and fortune ?

It’s always nice when a client is pleased with our work at Transcription Services Ltd, and even more pleasing when they tell other people about us. Last month I was contacted by Atlas Obscura telling me that someone mentioned the … Continue reading

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Bad and dubious debts – 2nd May 2017

Frequently inventories, particularly those of merchants, have lists of those owing money to the deceased. These are sometimes divided into ‘sperate’ and ‘desperate’ debts. Prior to transcribing these inventories I had never come across the word ‘sperate’, but once seen … Continue reading

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Burnt china – 2nd April 2017

Another 18th century inventory that came my way recently made mention of “Six Burnt China Plates, One Burnt China Tea Pott” This was a term I hadn’t come across before, and puzzled me.  To burn a plate might be careless, … Continue reading

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And so to bed (2) – 10th April 2017

Another inventory, another new term – what is a ‘Millpuff bed’?  One worthy Bristol merchant appeared to have several of them in his house. A millpuff bed is a mattress stuffed with ‘millpuff’, which is a coarse type of wool … Continue reading

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One brass hearth & creepers, brass slice and tongs”….. – 5th March 2017

“One brass hearth & Creepers brass Slice and Tongs  –     £01      01s        00d” While working on transcription of an inventory recently I found myself wondering ‘what is a creeper’ in relation to a hearth?  It was not a word … Continue reading

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Time for ….. tea, coffee, chocolate? – 12th March 2017

I have recently come across several inventories that tell me that in the kitchen are to be found a coffee pot and a chocolate pot, as well as the tea kettle.  I have tea pots and coffee pots in my … Continue reading

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