Since you've all been enjoying guessing Loretta's mystery workshop, we decided to offer up another guessing-game. Or perhaps you won't be guessing at all, but will be able to identify this mystery-object right away.
My only hints: it's from a trade shop in Colonial Williamsburg, and a modern variation of it is still in use today. Good luck!
Coming Attraction Alert: Since we NHG were in CW for nearly a week, we had the rare
opportunity to watch the mantua-maker (aka the dressmaker) and her assistants cut, stitch, and fit an entire 18th c. gown. It's lovely, a pale pink sack gown in the fashionable style so often painted by the French artist Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) that it's frequently called a gown a la Watteau or a robe a la Francaise. Later this week, I'll be posting a series of photographs here that show this gown's step-by-step creation and fitting -- tres cool!
Right: detail from Les deux cousines by Antoine Watteau, 1718, Musee du Louvre