Lessons in Domestic Economy

Lessons in Domestic Economy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...of our ancestors. There are but few persons now to be found who do not possess some article of wearing apparel made of silk; but there was a time when the nobles of the land could not boast of such a thing: not even a queen. Henry II. is said to have been the first person who wore a pair of silk stockings. 5. The sources of clothing are found in both the animal and vegetable world. From the former we get wool, silk, fur, and leather; from the latter, cotton and 6. Wool is the natural covering of the sheep. Wool has been employed as a material for clothing in the eastern part of the world from the earliest ages. It was introduced into this country by the Romans and the Saxons; but woollen garments were not much worn until after the Norman Conquest, in A.d. 1066. The wool was spun with what is called a distaff, by the daughters of the Saxon ladies; hence the word spinster, a maiden. Cloth Fair, in Smithfield, London, was established by Henry II. for the sale of woollen cloth. 7. In the reign of Edward III. the export of wool and the importation of woollen cloth were prohibited. About the same time the Queen, s jewels, having been pawned, were redeemed with wool. In the reign of Henry VIII. the spinning-wheel was invented, which served to cheapen the price of the yarn; and in Elizabeth, s reign it was still further cheapened by the introduction of superior machinery for spinning and weaving by the Protestant refugees from Flanders who settled in England. 8. At the present time the woollen trade is carried on in the west of England and in Yorkshire. The towns chiefly supported by it are Stroud, Frome, Trowbridge, and Chippenham in the west; and Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, and Wakefield in the north. 9. Wool is spun and.show more

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