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July 24, 2012

Price of Goods in Boston, March 6, 1856 part 1

 

From the Boston Press and Post

BEESWAX, per pound

White, best,                 — 42 @ — 50

Do, block,                   — — @ — —

Yellow                           — 27 @ — 30

Cuba                            — — @ — —

 

CANDLES, per pound

Sperm, Nan.                                        — 37 @ — 38

Do, New Bedford and Boston             — 38 @ — —

Mould, Boston                                    — 14 @ — 14 ½

Do, extra,                                            — 14 ½ @ — 15

Adamantine                                         — 25 @ — 30

 

COTTON, per pound

New Orleans and Mobile

Inferior, 6 mos,            none

Ordinary                      — 10 ¼ @ — 10 ¾

Mid to good mid          — 11 ¼ @ — 11 ¾

Middling Fair              — 11 ¾ @ — 12

Fair                             — 12 @ — 12 ½

Good Fair                    none

Choice, upland            none

Ord to mid                   — 10 ¼ @ — 11

Mid to mid fair            — 11 ¼ @ — 11 ½

Fair to good                 — 11 ½ @ — 11 ¾

 

DOMESTIC GOODS, per yard

Sheeting, 37 inch         — 6 ¾ @ — 7

Do, 37 inch stout         — 8 @ — 8 ¼

Do, 40 inch do             — 8 ½ @ — —

Do, 48 inch do             — 10 ¼ @ — 10 ½

Do, 30 to 40 in., fine   — 6 ¼ @ — 9

Shirting, 27 to 28 ½ inch, brown         — 4 ¾ @ — 5

Do, 30 inch, stout        — 6 ½ @ — 6 ¾

Do, 33 in., do              — — @ — —

Do, 35 in., fine            — — @ — —

Do, 40 in., do              — — @ — —

Drilling, 30 in., stout   — 8 @ — —

Do, 28 in., blchd.        — 8 ½ @ — —

Jean, 30 in., fine          — 8 ½ @ — 8 ¾

Do, 28 in., blchd.        — 9 @ — 9 ¼

Osnaburgs, negro, 4-4,– 10 ¾ @ — 11

Do, do, 7-8                  — 8 ¾ @ — 9

Linseys, negro             — 15 @ — 23

 

DRUGS, per pound

Alcohol                       — 77 @ — 85

Aloes, Cape                — 19 @ — 21

Do, Curacao                — — @ — —

Alum                           — 2 ½ @ — 2 ⅝

Annatto                        — 22 @ — 30

Antimony, crude          — — @ — 8

Do, Regulus                 — 12 @ — 13

Aquafortis                   — 6 ¼ @ — 6 ½

Argols                         — 13 @ — 27

Arrowroot                   — 8 @ — 33

Assafœtida                  — 8 @ — 18

Balsam, Copaivi         — 30 @ — 35

Do, Peru                      1 87 @ 2 00

Do, Tolu                      — 55 @ — 60

Bark Peruvian             1 70 @ — —

Do, Quill                     — 25 @ — 30

Berries, Persian          — 11 @ — 17

Do, Turkey                  — — @ — —

Bleach’d Powders       — 2 ¾ @ — 3 ¼

Borax, refined             — 28 @ — 28 ½

Do, crude                    — — @ — —

Camphor, refined        — 34 @ — 35

Do, crude                    — 28 ½ @ — 20

Cantharides                 1 92 @ 2 00

Carb. Ammonia           — 15 @ — —

Castor Oil, Am per g.  1 62 @ 1 75

Do, India                     1 62 @ 1 75

Chamomile Flowers per lb     — 30 @ — 33

Copperas                     — 1 @ — 1 ¼

Cream Tartar               — 31 ½ @ — 32 ½

Cubebs                        — 47 @ — 50

Dragons Blood            — 45 @ — 60

Extract Logwood         — 11 @ — 11 ½

Flour Sulphur              — 3 ¼ @ — 3 ½

Fr. Rotten Stone          — 5 @ — —

Gamboge                     — 24 @ — 26

Ginseng                       — 25 @ — 31

Gum Arabic, Bombay  — 8 @ — 13

Do, do, Turkey            — 35 @ — 40

Do, Benzoin                — 20 @ — 30

Do, Copal, large          — 35 @ — 75

Do, do, medium           — 30 @ — 34

Do, do, fine                 — 20 @ — 25

Do, Mastic                  2 25 @ — —

Do, Senegal                 — 15 @ — 17

Do, Shellac, orange     — 12 @ — 14

Do, do, liver                — 9 ½ @ — 10 ½

Do, do, garnet              — 10 ½ @ — 11 ½

Do, Tragacanth            — 18 @ — 75

Iodine                          4 25 @ 4 50

Ipecac Root                 2 12 @ 2 37

Isinglass, Am.              — 44 @ — 77

Do, Russia                   4 00 @ 4 50

Jalap Root                   — 66 @ — 70

Lac Dye                       — 10 @ — 60

Liquorice Paste           — 16 @ — 24

Do, Root                      — 7 ¼ @ — 8

Madder, Umbros         — 10 @ — 10 ¾

Do, crop                      — — @ — —

Do, common                — 9 ½ @ — 10

Do, French ESFF        — — @ — —

Do, do, SFF                 — — @ — —

Do, do, SF                   — 10 ½ @ — 10 ¾

Magnesia, calc’d         — — @ — —

Do, lump                     — — @ — —

Manna, flakes              — 90 @ 1 00

Do, small                     — 60 @ — 65

Do, sorts                      — 45 @ — 50

Myrrh, India                — 20 @ — 25

Do, Turkey                  — 35 @ — 40

Nutgalls                       — 30 @ — 37

Do, white                    — 18 @ — 25

Oil Almonds                8 00 @ 9 00

Do, Anise                    5 00 @ 5 25

Do, Bergamot              2 00 @ 2 12

Do, Caraway               1 75 @ 2 25

Do, Cassia                   3 00 @ 3 25

Do, Cloves                  1 50 @ — —

Do, Lemon                   2 00 @ 2 12

Do, Orange                  1 75 @ 1 87

Do, Origanum              — — @ — —

Do, Peppermint           — — @ — —

Do, Vitriol                   — 2 ¼ @ — 2 ½

Do, Wormwood          — — @ — —

Cod Liver Oil              1 75 @ 2 00

Opium, Egyptian          — — @ — —

Do, Turkey                  4 37 @ 4 50

Otto Rose per ounce   4 00 @ 5 00

Oxalic Acid per lb      — 33 @ — 34

Potash. Bichrom.         — 17 @ — 18

Do, Prussiate               — 28 @ — 29

Do, Hydriodate           4 37 @ 4 50

Pumice Stone               — 1⅝ @ 1⅞

Quicksilver                 — 43 @ — 46

Quinine, sul. per oz     2 60 @ 2 70

Rhubarb, E.I. per lb     2 12 @ 2 25

Sago, pearl                  — 7 @ — 8

Sal Ammoniac             — 3 @ — 4

Do, refined                  — 11 @ — 11 ¼

So, Soda                      — 1 ¾ @ — 2

Sarsaparilla, Hond.     –30 @ — 32

Seammony, Aleppo     6 00 @ 7 00

Senna, Alex.                — 14 @ — 15

Do, East India             — 10 @ — 14

Snake Root, Seneca     — 80 @ — 90

Do, Virginia                — 40 @ — 42

Soda Ash                     — 2 ¾ @ — 3

Do, Super Carb.          — 4 ½ @ — 4 ¾

Sponges, Bahama        — 9 @ — 16

Do, Turkey fine           — 50 @ 1 00

Do, extra fine              1 00 @ 2 00

Sugar Lead, white       — 14 @ — 16

Do, brown                   — 9 ¾ @ — 10 ¼

Tapioca, Para              — — @ — —

Do, Rio                       — — @ — —

Tartaric Acid              — 45 @ — 50

Turmeric                     — 4 @ — 4 ½

Vitriol, Blue                — 10 ¼ @ — 10 ½

I hope you find this as interesting as I do.

Stephen

 

 

 

7 Comments »

  1. I had never heard of ‘Gum Shellac liver’ before, I do have some old orange flakes that when mixed up is a liver color. I will be using the stuff for sealing wax not a finish, I still prefer seed lac.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 24, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  2. How does one read and interpret these numbers? Thanks.

    Steve

    Comment by Steve Kirincich — July 24, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  3. Steve,

    The numbers are given in dollars and cents, the first I think is the asking price and the number after the @ sign is the selling price. Looks like some of the stuff is futures, I don’t completely understand the commodities market.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 25, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  4. Are you sure it’s in dollars and not cents? A pound of cotton is a lot, but $12 is an awful lot of money in the 1850s. 12 cents per pound would make more sense to me, and fractional cents were standard currency in the 19th century.

    Comment by Steve S. — July 26, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  5. Steve S.

    Perhaps I didn’t make it clear, you are right, cotton is 12 cents the — before are place holders for the dollars, this is how it appears in the newspaper without a decimal point.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 27, 2012 @ 7:36 am

  6. The prices are interesting, but to me it’s more interesting just to see the types of items that are sold, and the varieties.

    Forgive my ignorance, but is this the cost of items as sold in general stores? Or some other sort of general market price?

    (And thanks for the clarification on how to read the pricing)

    Comment by Joe Helms — July 30, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  7. Joe,
    I find it all interesting, the prices, and the varities. The tarrifs would only add a small amount to the prices, these are wholesale market price, but there could also be discounts for large purchases and some mark up for retail. Some products were sold with a 1 or 2 % markup because of quantities and some products were marked up over 100% depending on the commercial market.

    These prices are all at the wholesale level and give a good overview of the values rather than the actual price.

    I have seen retail adds from the same period and hide glue sells for twice the listed price here. Linseed oil sells at about the same price listed here as does turpentine.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 30, 2012 @ 11:04 am

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