Heel goed artikel, in het Engels, over de prijs van kleren. Voor de industriële revolutie kostte het maken van een shirt 400 uur om garen te spinnen en 90 uur om de stof te weven en dan nog een dag knippen en naaien. De prijs was hoog, omgerekend naar onze geldeenheid € 3500. Daar was je dus zuinig op en je had er een of twee.
Every city has its treasures. It may not be particularly famous, but here in Luton we have the Wenlock Jug. It’s a bronze piece from the early 1400s, made to order by a bell foundry and incredibly rare – there are only three such jugs that we know of, and the other two are in the British Museum and the V&A.
Ours is on display at the Stockwood Discovery Centre, and every time I walk past it I am a) pleased to see it, as it was stolen in 2012 and then returned, and b) reminded of how precious household goods were in medieval times. Hard though it is to imagine, this humble carafe was the height of luxury, the tableware of kings.
Before the industrial revolution, household goods of all kinds were worth a lot of money. Most people owned very few things, making do with the bare…
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