The extensive price figures below were collected by the state of Massachusetts, and reported in Comparative wages, prices, and cost of living (from the Sixteenth annual report of the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor, for 1885) / by Carroll D. Wright. Most tables below report price data up through the 1860s.
CLOTHING and SEWING SUPPLIES
HARDWARE & BUILDING MATERIALS
Although the perfect resource would be statistical data showing retail price averages, when this is not available, alternative sources can suggest the approximate prices of consumer goods. Item valuation from theft reports found in the U. S. Congressional Serial Set are one such option.
Some early congressional publications contain theft reports for household items and personal belongings, along with a suggested value or replacement cost. The following were taken from U. S. Congressional Serial Set volume 126, "Memorial of the State of Missouri and Documents in relation to Indian Depredations upon Citizens of that State."
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