Clothing and Accessories

 

£ s d q US Dollars
Clothing, Ladies
Middle/Lower Class Clothing
Ladies’ skirt, cotton or linen 6

$30.00

 

Ladies’ skirt, rough wool 8

$40.00

 

Ladies’ over skirt, cotton or linen 3

$15.00

 

Ladies’ stockings, cotton or wool 2

$10.00

 

Ladies’ chemise, unbleached linen or cotton

8

 

$40.00

 

Maid/Servant Clothing
Maid’s over skirt – 2 6

$230.00

 

Maid’s Apron – 1 6

$7.50

 

Maid’s cap – 6

1

 

$2.50

 

Upper Class Woman
Ladies’ skirt, wool 12

$60.00

 

Ladies’ skirt, worsted wool 1

$100.00

 

Ladies’ skirt, silk 8-30 $800 – $3,000
Ladies’ corset or bodice 10

$50.00

 

Ladies’ silk bodice 6-12 $600 – $1,200
Ladies’ overskirt, wool 10

$50.00

 

Ladies’ overskirt, silk 6-10 $600 – $1,000
Ladies’ stockings, silk 2-3 $200 – $300
Ladies’ chemise, fine linen or cotton 10

$50.00

 

Ladies’ chemise, silk 8-15 $800 – $1,500
Clothing, Mens
Upper Class
Gentleman’s shirt, linen or cotton 5

$25.00

 

Gentleman’s shirt, silk

3 – 5

 

$300 – $500
Gentleman’s breeches, linen or cotton 5

$25.00

 

Gentleman’s breeches, wool 8

$40.00

 

Gentleman’s breeches, silk

5 – 8

 

$500 – $800
Gentleman’s stockings, cotton or wool 2

$10.00

 

Gentleman’s stockings, silk 2-3 $200 – $300
Gentleman’s waistcoat, cotton or linen

10 -15

 

$50 – $75
Gentleman’s waistcoat, wool 1-4 $100 – $400
Gentleman’s waistcoat, silk 20-40 $2,000 – $4,000
Gentleman’s Coat, wool 3-5 $300 – $500
Gentleman’s coat, silk 50-100 $5,000 – $10,000
Gentleman’s cravat, cotton or linen 2 6

$12.50

 

Gentleman’s cravat, silk

1

 

$100.00

 

Gentleman’s Wig

1 – 10

 

$100 – $1,000
Middle/Lower Class
Man’s shirt, linen or cotton 5

$25.00

 

Man’s breeches, linen or cotton 5

$25.00

 

Man’s breeches, wool 8

$40.00

 

Man’s stockings, cotton or wool 2

$10.00

 

Man’s waistcoat, cotton or linen 10-15 $50 – $75
Man’s waistcoat, wool

1 – 2

 

$100 – $200
Man’s Coat, wool

2 – 4

 

$200 – $400
Man’s cravat, cotton or linen 2 6

$12.50

 

Laborer/Sailor Slops
NOTE:  For more detailed Sailor slops: SAILOR’S SLOPS
Laborer’s coat 12

$60.00

 

Laborer’s shirt 3

$15.00

 

Laborer’s breeches 2

$10.00

 

Sailor’s jacket 10 6

$52.40

 

Sailor’s shirt 3 3

$16.40

 

Sailor’s breeches 5

$25.00

 

Leather Apron – 10

$50.00

 

Mens Hats & Boots
Plumed and Trimmed hat

1 – 3

 

$100 – $300
Plumed hat 15

$75.00

 

Simple hat 8 6

$42.50

 

Straw hat 3

$15.00

 

Sailor’s cap, Monmouth
1 2

$5.80

 

Laborer’s cap

3

 

$15.00

 

Inlaid Leather boots

3

 

$300.00

 

Leather boots 1 6

$130.00

 

Fancy Shoes

1 – 2

 

$100 – $200
Good shoes 12

$60.00

 

Work Shoes 8

$40.00

 

Belt basic belt

2

 

6

$12.50

 

Grooming kit, Razor, wash basin, linen, soap, cologne, comb, small sheers, small chamber pot

1

 

4

 

$120.00

 

 

Clothing Prices

Clothing at this time is all hand made. From a laborer’s work shirt to My Lady’s silk chemise it is measured, cut and stitched by hand, often times for the individual buying it.

By and large, clothing is well made, durable and usually falls out of style long before it wears out. For laborers, sailors, fieldhands and such, the vagaries of fashion mean little. But to the upper class, and those aspiring to appear upper class, it is everything. Keeping up with the current fashion quickly creates a dilemma for the well dressed in society. What to do with out of fashion clothing?

It represents a hefty investment and is often in excellant condition and frequently not that far out of style. The savvy sell their out of date clothes.

The used clothing market is in fact HUGE. Used clothing provides the basis for many a wardrobe, both in Europe and in the New World. Only very wealthy Upper Class are able to consistently afford new clothing, while the more typical Upper Class will have a some ‘new’ items and the better off Middle Class will have a few new clothes, most of their closets contain ‘used’ clothing.
The super rich, who are the fashion setters, sell or gift their used clothes to their less wealthy associates, who pass them down the socio-economic scale to the middle class and eventually the commoners. By the time the cloak or dress reaches the merchant’s daughter, it may well have been fitted and altered three or four times, stripped of some of its finery and be several years out of date.

Finery and Trim

These extras, all spun, woven, beaded, embroidered or otherwise crafted by hand, add enormously to an articles value. The range of price for say, a Ladies silk shirt, $800 to $3,000, is reflective of the amount of extra work it has. In some cases these trimmings can be removed and recycled onto another, more fashionable or better fitting piece of clothing.

Style

Current or In Style clothing is the most expensive. For each Fashion Season (Calender Year) an article of clothing is Out of Style, it value drops. See Chart
This drop is large for Upper Class clothing, small for middle class and nonexistent for lower class clothing

Condition

Condition ranges from New to Rags, with rags being only fit to salvage buttons and such before being recycled into paper. New, Good, Fair, Poor and Rags are the classifications and they affect prices as reflected in the chart.

The prices listed in the main chart represent ‘New Condition’ and ‘In Style’ or as close to in style that travel time and distance allows. The upper class prices allow variation for trim and lace and such extras. To purchase used clothing start with the New listed value and discount the price by the quality and the seasons out of date.

When Selling used clothing remember that the Wholesale value to the merchant is 50% what he can resell it for (after repairs, cleaning and fitting to the customer.)

 

Upper Class New Good Fair Poor Rags
In Style 100% 80% 60% 40% 20%
1 season 80% 60% 40% 20% 10%
2 seasons 60% 40% 20% 10% 5%
3 seasons 40% 20% 10% 5% 2%
4 seasons 20% 10% 5% 2% 1%
5 seasons + 10% 5% 2% 1% 0

Note: It is rare that upper class clothing be allowed to deteriorate past Good Condition. It is simply too valuable to its owner.
This Chart DOES NOT apply to commoners/Lower Class clothing.

 

Middle Class New Good Fair Poor Rags
In Style 100% 80% 60% 40% 20%
1 season 80% 60% 40% 20% 10%
2 seasons 60% 40% 20% 10% 5%
3 seasons+ 40% 20% 10% 5% 2%

Middle Class clothing, though subject to fashion trends, tends to hold its value better in regards to fashion depreciation.
This Chart DOES NOT apply to commoners/Lower Class clothing.

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