H is for Hosier
By ADAMS, John, 1765
John Adams, Hatter and Hosier
- Author: ADAMS, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: at the Hat And Beaver the Corner of Wine-Office Court, Fleet-street
- Publication date: c1765
- Physical description: Engraved trade card, laid on old paper, with loss to upper right and lower corners.
- Dimensions: 175 by 130mm (7 by 5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17953
Working at the sign of the Hat and Beaver on Fleet Street during the eighteenth century was a hatter named John Adams, who also sold hosiery, gloves, fabrics, laces and feathers as well. His trade card is illustrated with the hat and beaver of his sign, as well as with a number of other headpieces, designed for both men and women. It is not clear exactly when his card was made, but its style suggests a mid-eighteenth century provenance.