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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips, and other notions. In American English, haberdasher is another term for a men's outfitter. A haberdasher's shop or the items sold therein are called haberdashery.The word appears in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Haberdashers were initially peddlers, sellers of small wares such as needles, buttons, etc. The word could derive from the an Old Norse word akin to the Icelandic haprtask, which means "peddlers' wares" or the sack in which the peddler carried them. If this is the case, a haberdasher (in its Scandinavian meaning) would be very close to a mercer (French). Perhaps more likely, since the word has no recorded use in Scandinavia, it is from Anglo-Norman hapertas, meaning 'small ware'. A haberdasher would retail small wares, the goods of the peddler, while a mercer would specialize in "linens, silks, fustian, worsted piece-goods and bedding."show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 104g
  • Acu Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136686627
  • 9786136686622