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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