Re: 22 January, 1862 - Invoice for Greatcoats
Could you please cite a reference to support your statement: "In weaving terms of the period, a 'piece' is 54 yds"? In my research, the term "piece" (when applied to textiles) is indeterminate--that is, what represents a "piece" is agreed upon between the parties (and often varies with different types of fabric). In this case, the length of a "piece" would presumably be spelled out in the actual terms of the contracts. I don't know whether he ever sees this forum, but Fred Gaede would have more to offer on this subject, as he has done more research in C.W. period clothing contracts than anyone I can think of...
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