While the habitants were settling New France, English farmers and tradesmen were filling in the colonies
along the Atlantic seaboard. This couple could have lived in New England, along the New York or
Pennsylvania borderland or in the South. Farming the land, hunting the forests, and fighting off hostile
Indians, they pushed the frontier westrward.
Our successful hunter is wearing buckle shoes, heavy wool socks, and buckskin Knee Breeches, with the
narrow fall front favored by the English. Over his linen Merchants Shirt, he wears a leather Sportsman's Waistcoat -
just coming into fashion in the 1760's. A neckerchief tied at his throat serves as a neckstock. His wool
justacorps keeps off the first chills of fall. Powder for his fowling piece, kept in a horn at his side, while
a double shooting bag holds shot and tools.
His wife, pleased at the sight of fresh game for the table, wears buckle shoes and woolen hose, a wool petticoat, a set
of double pockets, a simple chemise of cotton, and a comfortable Yorkshire bodice. Since she is working outside, she wears
an apron, and over her house cap, a woven straw hat to keep the sun from her fair complexion.