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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1790-1799

Links to government documents and primary sources listing retail prices for products and services, as well as wages for common occupations.

Wages in the United States, 1790-1799


Foreign wages, 1790-1799

Economic analysis and calculators, 1790s

Prices in the United States, 1790-1799

See food prices by state below.

Prices for HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, 1790s

Prices for CLOTHING and SEWING SUPPLIES, 1790s

  • Clothing - Hats, handkerchiefs, stockings, gloves, breeches, pantaloons, hose, coats, shawls and vests.
  • Cloth 
  • Dress goods - Prices for alpaca wool and calico by the yard, as well as batiste, cambric, cashmere, crape, gingham, gauze, lawn, muslin, linsey woolsey, plaid, poplin, satin, silk, velvet and many other fabric types.
  • Dry goods - Prices for blankets, cotton flannel, damask and denim, diaper cloth, shirtings, ticking, and more.
  • Boots, shoes and leather - Prices reported by the individual pair or by component such as buckles, leather, buttons, braid, fringe, etc. Detailed prices for style and type of shoe, boot, sandal, slipper, rubber overshoe, etc.  
  • Buttons and dress trimmings - Button prices reported by the dozen.  Fringe and tape by the yard. 
  • Ribbons and laces 
  • Small wares - Yarn, needles, pins, embroidery silk, cotton and linen thread.  

Prices for TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION, 1790s

Prices for HOUSING and LAND, 1790s

Prices for BUILDING SUPPLIES, 1790s

Prices for HEALTH CARE, 1790s

Prices for SERVICES, 1790s

MISCELLANEOUS prices, 1790s

Food prices in the United States, 1790-1799

  • Dairy products - Prices for butter; eggs and cheese; quarts of milk.
  • Food preparations - Biscuits, chocolate, coffee, molasses, lard, starch, salt, sugar and tea
  • Flour and meal - including "Indian Meal" and rye meal
  • Agricultural products - Apples, barley, beans, corn, oats, potatoes, rice, rye, turnips
  • Meats - Beef, ham, lamb, mutton, pork, veal
  • Fish - Price by the 100/lb. quantity, and also herring and saltfish by the pound.
  • Beverages - Brandy, cider, wine, gin, rum
  • Spices and condiments - Allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, pimento, vinegar

Foreign prices by country, 1790-1799


The following book was noted in the statistical literature for providing actual English working class family budgets for the late 18th century.  It does list amounts in English money, so users may wish to check this U.S. dollars to British pounds exchange rate calculator.




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