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15 July 2014

Appraised in Old Ten

Clerks love to abbreviate. Sometimes those abbreviations are common and sometimes they are not. The phrase "Appraised in Old Ten" appears in the 1756 estate inventory of Ephraim Puffer from Stowe, Massachusetts. The reference likely is to "old tender," referring to the money used to value the property.

It does not mean that all the property was in an "old tin" shed (grin!).

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