Kati Sherman of my staff offered the following response:
"My guess is that it is probably referring to bombazette, which Webster's defines as "A sort of thin woolen cloth. It is of various colors, and may be plain or twilled."  Alternative names/spellings for this fabric are bombazet, bombasette and (as suggested below) bombazine.  It was more of a winter fabric, used for dresses or waistcoats.

For additional interest, the term is related to the Old French bombace which means "cotton padding," and from which we get the word bombast."

Gregory Sanford
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
(802) 828-2369
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Subject: Query Re "Bombayette"

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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

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