Wedding hope chest

      When a family gave birth to a girl they would start to assemble a wedding hope chest to hold items for her trousseau. A hope chest was a hand painted or carved wood chest that was slowly filled with household linins, clothing, and silverware. Women would take their hope chests with them when they got married. Linins took an incredible amount of time to make from scratch, so this process was started when girls were very young. After the Industrial revolution, cloths were made very fast and inexpensively. Families then purchased cloth and use their electric sewing machines to make linins or bought ready made linins. Hope chests were treasured family heirlooms and passed on to future generations.

By Nicole Mazzeo
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