It is wedding season and I've been looking at a lot of wedding registries lately for a few friends who are getting married. Most couples today register for "fancy" goods like china and expensive wine glasses, but also for "practical" goods like a dish drainer or trash can. It got me thinking...when Thomas and Hannah Lee set up house at Stratford in the late 1730s/early 1740s, what did they need? Granted, at that point they had young children and a household already, but I bet they needed new furniture and other items when they moved into the new digs.
Looking at the inventory taken after Thomas Lee's death in 1750 (excerpt above - click to zoom), you definitely see a mixture of fancy and practical. A clock worth 10 pounds and a "Chandeleer" worth 21 pounds are listed along with "a Parcell of Cannisters," a coffee roaster, and "4 Water Glasses and other things" worth less than a pound combined.
Now I just need to decide which way to go with my wedding gifts...
Looking glass image courtesy Pook and Pook.