Ship Stores, Put up at short notice and in good order, by S. L. & W. D. Bickford, 148 Broad Street, Head of Rowe’s Wharf, Boston, on the most Liberal Terms. S. L., W. D. Bickford.

Ship Stores, Put up at short notice and in good order, by S. L. & W. D. Bickford, 148 Broad Street, Head of Rowe’s Wharf, Boston, on the most Liberal Terms.

Boston, [ca. 1850]. Illustrated broadside, 9.5” x 7.5”. Wood engraving, 1.25” x 2”.

An unrecorded broadside for a Boston chandler that outfitted ships at Rowe’s Wharf, and an appealing food history document.

Weare Dow Bickford (1815–1890) and Samuel L. Bickford—likely brothers—worked as ship chandlers and grocers on the Boston waterfront. Together as S. L. & W. D. Bickford, the men sold a wide range of goods including fruit, dry goods, fish, beverages, meat and cheese. This broadside lists some eighty-two food and drink items, including barrels of beef, rice, beans, and mackeral; walnut ketchup and currie powder; Java and St. Domingo Coffee; chocolate and raisins; macaroni and vermacelli; tripe and pig’s feet; sherry, claret, port, cider, porter, and ale; squashes, turnips, cranberries, walnuts, etc. Non-food items listed include sperm candles, whale oil, brooms, soap, etc. The Bickfords also sold an assortment of cordage and ship chandlery. A note at bottom reads, “Care will be taken to have every article of the very best quality, and put up in the best manner.”

No copies recorded in WorldCat.

CONDITION: Good, minor stains.

Item #7064

Price: $450.00

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