Item #865 Ebenezer C. Bailey. Shoe Dealer and Leather Merchant Accounts. 1855-1862. Ledger. Shoe Industry.
Ebenezer C. Bailey. Shoe Dealer and Leather Merchant Accounts. 1855-1862.
Ebenezer C. Bailey. Shoe Dealer and Leather Merchant Accounts. 1855-1862.
With a Letter Detailing the Operations of the Trade of Leather and Shoe Manufacture in Central Massachusetts

Ebenezer C. Bailey. Shoe Dealer and Leather Merchant Accounts. 1855-1862.

Essex County, Massachusetts. Item #865

Folio. 310 x 210 mm., [13 x 8 ½ inches].  Manuscript on blue paper written in legible hand.  326 pp. Includes two bank checks, a tax receipt, receipt signed by L.W. Tyler, and a 4 pp. letter from J.J. Dearborn dated 1855, concerning the purchase of various shoe leathers. Contemporary reverse calf, front cover detached & spine broken; text block sound and intact.


Ebenezer Carter Bailey was born in Massachusetts in 1818. A shoe dealer, he lived in the West Newbury, Essex County area of the state. In the 1850s, central Massachusetts was an important area for shoe manufacture.


The accounts are entitled "Invoice of Merchandise Bought by E.C. Bailey," and show shorthand versions of raw material such as "men's goat," "women's kid," as well as the work of making, repairing and selling shoes, boots, and leather goods. His accounts were almost exclusively wholesale and there are no women’s accounts in the ledger.  What is revealing is the amount of ‘women’s kid” that he bought and sold, presumably for the for the manufacture of gloves and kid boots.


In a letter written by J.J. Dearborn of South Deerfield to Mr. Bailey, he writes, " I am laid up just now with 'the skim milk gout' and must depend much upon your kind services in keeping supplied with stock in best manner. i want you to send along that fine enameled seal (?) this week--if possible--hunt the market over, if you can get time, to get just the thing."  Dearborn also asks for oak sole leather and good stock light weights...I don't want middle weights!"  Joseph J. Dearborn had a shoe factory in South Deerfield, New Hampshire. 


 

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Price: $400.00