The Broadside

Outwater's Militia Newsletter

Fall 2012

Articles by Glenn Valis unless noted.

In this issue-

The 2013 Annual meeting

Men's coats

18th Century furniture

Lemon syrup

18th Century Legal Document

An Interesting Picture

Captain John Outwater's desk

Our Annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23rd, at the Wycoff-Garretson house in Franklin Township, NJ.  Time from 1:30 to 5 or so.  We will have a pot luck lunch, followed by the meeting, then 18th Century games and socializing.  Printed invites will be mailed.
    Up for election are the adjutant, paymaster and Quartermaster.  We will set our 2013 schedule and conduct needed business.
All members should attend, and prospective members are invited.
Please coordinate what food you will bring with the Commander.

  Men's coats were shorter during the revolution than they had been during the prior years of the century.  They were form fitted, snugger than modern clothes usually are, particularly in the arms.  Military coats in particular had close fitted sleeves and cuffs.  Notice the breeches are also very form fitted on the legs!
 A noble man in a fine velvet suit.
       About 1788, a nice double breasted suit (and waistcoat)  very rare in the hobby, but common at the time.
  A group of gentlemen.

 Some civilian coats had wider sleeve cuffs- cuffs had a tendency to get tighter through the war.

Not worn outside the home, a banyon- a robe worn casually to relax in by the wealthy.


   The windsor chair is a classic and well known.  They also had Queen Anne and Baroque styles.  Here are a few things we don't see anymore!

 An example of a folding tea table- the top turns on its side to take up less space, such as for a dance.

 A tilt table connection example.

  A couple of partution or birthing chairs, used for baby delivery.

  LEMON SYRUP, presented by Julie Nuzzo

A receipt from "Pleasures of Colonial Cooking", prepared by the Miller-Cory House Museum, and the New Jersey Historical Society, 1982:

Syrrup of Lemons
Take three pints of Juice of Lemons. Run it throw a Jelly Bag without Crushing. Then put to it two pounds and a half of loaf Sugar. Boil it with a soft fire to a Syrrup.

18th Century legal document from somerset county militia Captain Teneyck.


 Jim found this and used it as an example of monmouth knit caps.  It shows a man disguised as a woman fighting off the constables or night watch (identified by their staffs, the mark of the job before badges).  I would like to find the backstory to this scene, or the artist!

  18th Century Dutch peasant...with a very rare beard!

18th Century Dutch

Copyright, 2012

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