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Ah-hah--I think the two letters looked somewhat similar in those days (y 
and z).

Sylvia Bugbee
Special Collections, UVM

On Mon, 16 Mar 2009, Prudence Doherty wrote:

> Could it be bombazette?
>
> "A sort of thin woolen cloth. It is of various colors, and may be plain or 
> twilled."
> -Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam 
> Co.
>
>
> Kristin Peterson-Ishaq wrote:
>> -------- Forwarded Message --------
>> 
>> I found an item in a 19th century Hinesburgh store account book -- 
>> bombayette -- and have been unable to find a definition for it. The closest 
>> I've come is "bombazine" - silk warp, wool weft, dress material, often used 
>> for mourning. I wonder of anyone in the CRV list knows anything about this? 
>> Many thanks,
>>     Elise Guyette
>> 
>> Elise A. Guyette
>> VT Alliance for the Social Studies
>> Coordinator of Special Projects
>> Educational Consultant for History & Social Sciences
>> 22 Orchard Road
>> So. Burlington, VT 05403
>> 802.658.1209 / 802.233.8587
>> www.vermontsocialstudies.org
>> 
>> "The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but 
>> worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." Martin Luther King, Jr.
>> 
>> ----End of Forwarded Message---
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> Prudence Doherty
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