Dictionary of Colonial Arts and Trades
various list and records on Colonial Trades & Occupations
Updated May 2011
The Guild's Dictionary is the official guide to the trade
terms and definitions acceptable for membership in this society.
Proof of trade must be submitted based on the terms used in
this dictionary. While other dictionaries may have additional
definitions or differing definitions, for the purposes of the
Guild, this is the official guide.
The society welcomes the discovery of new trade terms and
definitions. Please submit all suggested trades/definitions
to the Registrar General in writing, with a duplicate copy
to the President General, prior to submitting any papers. It
is at the discretion of the Guild's Executive Council as to
whether a new term/definition will be added to the Guild's
This online Dictionary will be updated periodically. Each
member is given a complimentary, hard copy booklet of the Guild's
Dictionary of Arts and Trades and Minor Guild Trade List with
their new member packet.
Guild's Rule --- one trade, per paper, per ancestor, per member.
|CLARIFICATION OF VARIOUS TERMS OFTEN
USED TO DESCRIBE THE ARTISAN PRACTICE
|Apprentice = one
who is bound to a skilled worker for a specified time
to learn a trade
|Prentis = used
as an abbreviation for apprentice
= highly respected skilled or artistic worker or craftsman
or one who makes or contrives (not to be confused with
an artificer, one who is skilled only as a metal worker)
one who has served an apprenticeship, mastered craft,
no longer bound to serve for years but is hired day by
a person bonded to a master for the purpose of learning
a skill or trade
a skilled workman or one in business on his own
a shopkeeper or skilled craftsman or "monger"
a skilled worker in various trades, i.e. shipwright,
wheelwright, cartwright, etc.
|Artisan = craftsman
MINOR GUILD TRADE --- EXPLANATION
"For our purposes" in the Guild, all trades
have been divided into six groups of like-trades, which
are referred to as the Six Minor Guilds. These Minor
Guild Trades (MGT) are for the use of this Society only
and do not refer or relate outside this organization.
They are simply a way to organize the many Colonial trades
the Society recognizes and to create a fun and interactive
approach to the way this Society does business. In the
Dictionary, each trade term and definition is followed
by the code denoting which Minor Guild Trade it has been
Members are provided a Minor Guild Trade charm with
their purchase of the large society insignia. The icon
on this charm depicts which MGT their original ancestor's
trade falls under. The Society insignia was specifically
designed with a top bar to display one of each of the
six charms. Members may or may not challenge themselves
to prove an additional supplemental ancestor in each
of the Six Minor Guilds. Those members that do so, are
thereafter referred to as a Master Guilder. A member
may also continue to prove additional ancestral supplements
and work toward additional Master Guilder sets.
All members are encouraged to submit supplemental papers
whether they reach Master Guilder status or not. Honoring
one's ancestors is the focus of this Society. The Guild
has made a commitment to publish a Society Lineage Book.
This publication will show the lineages of all members/original
ancestors and supplemental lineages.
|A = ARTS -
those in the field of music, drama and literature; artists
who created by painting, sculpting, engraving, carving,
etc.; those who designed or used their intellect to invent
|P = PROVISIONS -
those who dealt with items such as edibles, potables,
soap, wax, etc.
|S = SMITHS - those who worked with metals
|T = TEXTILES - those who worked with fabrics,
natural fibers, leather, clay, etc.
|TR = TRADES - those who sold or brokered
|W = WRIGHTS - those who worked with wood,
stone, brick, glass, etc.
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