Time for a new shift! Following my
theme of items with New England provenance, I need to find a NE shift.
Extant 18th century shifts are like hen's teeth. No surprise since they
were subject to being boiled on a regular basis, subject to constant
wear, bodily fluids and oils, and if there was anything left of them
after years of service, they ended up with the rag man. However, a few
examples do exist. One well known one is at the Smithsonian and I'm
lucky enough to have the diagram that I will use for the construction of
mine and luckier still that this example is from the Copps of
Connecticut! To read more about this wonderful textile collection, you
can download a pdf written by Grace Rogers Cooper in 1971 from the Smithsonian website.
Shiftless in MA,