A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America

9780812217711: Paperback
Release Date: 15th June 2001

102 illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 235

Number of Pages: 352

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America

Back in print, this is the most accurate and useful reference for identifying Anglo-American colonial artifacts.

Paperback / £24.99

Cited in virtually every colonial-era site study of North America, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America holds a place of honor among historical archaeologists. It is a classic, highly sought-after handbook for the professional archaeologist, museum curator, antiques dealer, collector, or social historian. Though first published more than thirty years ago, Ivor Noel Hume's guide continues to be the most useful and accurate reference on the identification of artifacts recovered from Anglo-American colonial sites.

This edition contains a new preface, updated references, and corrections based on recent scholarship, in addition to the original 102 photographs and line drawings. With a list of forty-three categories, including buttons, cutlery, stoneware, and firearms, collectors and curators of early American artifacts will find this book insightful, informative, and indispensable.

An acclaimed archaeologist and historian, Noël Hume understands the interests of both professionals and enthusiasts. He manages to combine out-of-the-ordinary information with a lively presentation. His extensive knowledge and experience make this richly detailed text communicate something beyond the facts—the reality of other times, places, and cultures.

List of Illustrations
Signposts to the Past

An Alphabetical Guide to the Artifacts
Bottles, Glass Liquor
Bottles, Glass Pharmaceutical
Bottles, Pottery
Bricks and Brickwork
Buttons and Sleeve Buttons
Candlesticks and Lighting Accessories
Geramics, American
Ceramics, British
Ceramics, European
Chamber Pots, Bedpans, and Closestool Pans
Clocks and Clockcases
Coins, Tokens, and Jettons
Cooking Vessels of Iron and Copper Alloys
Cutlery and Spoons
Drinking Glasses and Decanters
Drug Pots, Jars, and Pill Tiles
Firearms and Gunflints
Flowerpots and Bell Glasses
Furniture Hardware
Glass, Window
Horseshoes and Horse Furniture
Locks and Padlocks
Pins, Needles, and Thimbles
Porcelain, Chinese
Rings, Finger
Seals, Lead
Silver, Marks on English and American
Spades and Hoes
Stoneware, Rhenish
Tiles, Delft and Other Wares
Tiles, Roofing
Tobacco Pipes and Smoking Equipment
Wig Curlers


Ivor Noel Hume is the former Chief Archaeologist and Director of the Department of Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg. He is a founding fellow of the American Society of Historical Archaeology. In 1993 he was made O.B.E. for service to British cultural interests in Virginia.

"An invaluable compendium of information on identifying and dating objects commonly recovered from Anglo-American sites predating 1800."—Archaeology Magazine