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Colonial Fashion


The smaller teeth of this 17th-century hair comb were used to remove lice.

While 17th-century colonial dress was influenced by the fashionably excessive European styles of the time, New England Puritans viewed the flamboyant fashion as disorderly. The court established sumptuary laws to enforce a modest and conservative style of dress among all inhabitants of the colony. Archaeologists found evidence of colonial fashion through items unearthed such as a piece of a comb made of bone and copper shoe buckles.


This example of 17th-century garb highlights the fashion display.

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