ABSTRACT

This chapter provides an analysis of objects of personal adornment found in two Dutch East India Company, or VOC, sites at the Cape. The personal adornment assemblage, like much of the material culture of the VOC, was imported from Europe. Appendix F contains a list of the personal adornment artifacts and the associated catalog numbers used in the text. Although the personal adornment artifacts from the Cape are Dutch in origin, they parallel styles and fashions seen in England and throughout Europe from the period. The personal adornment collection from the Moat is restricted to buttons. Unlike the Castle collection, the personal adornment from Oudepost I exhibits far more variation than the button collection from the Castle Moat. The personal adornment assemblages provide an image of the individual appearance of many of the elite inhabitants of the VOC sites.