I recently went through an old (first published in 1938) favorite, Kegley's Virginia Frontier http://books.google.com/books/about/Kegley_s_Virginia_Frontier.html?id=Bp0nOrLrPlYC and realized that I had forgotten it contained another back country store inventory for Alexander Boyd's store at Fort Lewis, Virginia. Boyd had previously been paymaster for the Virginia provincials and as such his name pops up quite a bit in Colony records. As described by Kegley (p325):
of the entire
community seem to have patronized this store, and from the list of articles obtainable there no one needed
to suffer from the lack of
goods, or from the absence
of raw materials from which
useful articles could be made. The stock of goods, amounting to £1092/9/5 and farm were mortgaged to Alexander Baine,
merchant in Virginia, to secure him as
surety for Boyd to James Lyle, merchant in Chesterfield.
The inventory contains numerous varieties of imported cloths such as Camblett, Nankeen, Spotted Flannel, Bear Skin, Plains, Callico, Holland, Damask, Thicksett, Forrest Cloth and a wide variety of woolens, linens, silks and blended fabrics. Household goods included blankets, ruggs, funnels, ceramics and kitchen vessels, a wide variety of books, 38 lbs of Copperas, and sewing notions. Hardware included over 30,000 nails ( 4D, 6D, and 20D sized), hinges, tools, '100 pains Window Glass', Guns, powder, lead, a still and numerous other mass manufactured and imported goods. Boyd's personal items included 'Indian Garters, belt, & 1 pr. Mockasoons' ( valued at 1/0/0), 3 Raccoon Hats [cocked hats made of Raccoon fur felt], 'Pistolls', 2 Old Guns, 3 Razors, his wearing apparel, a number of horses, cattle, furniture, Servants under indenture and Slaves. An advertisement for one of his slaves, Phil; appears here:
As noted in the runaway ad, Boyd also ran a store in New London, where Merchant John Hook would later establish himself. I highly recommend this book, which covers Hook's operation in depth: http://books.google.com/books?id=J0P6rmhhP6IC&dq=Ann+Smart+Martin&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_gdata . All in all, another interesting account of the wide variety of imported merchandize available in the Virginia back country prior to the Revolution.