A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
352 pages, 152.00 x 235.00 x 0.00 mm, 102 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812217711
- Published: June 2001
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
Bricks and Brickwork
Buttons and Sleeve Buttons
Candlesticks and Lighting Accessories
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
Horseshoes and Horse Furniture
Locks and Padlocks
Pins, Needles, and Thimbles
Silver, Marks on English and American
Spades and Hoes
Tiles, Delft and Other Wares
Tobacco Pipes and Smoking Equipment
"An invaluable compendium of information on identifying and dating objects commonly recovered from Anglo-American sites predating 1800."—Archaeology Magazine