The apron, the humble and lowly “workhorse” on a farm in the 1900s. The female characters in the Rings of Time series would most definitely have worn an apron when going about their daily chores.
The principal use of the apron was to protect the dress underneath but in reality, it was used for so much more.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When the weather was cold, it could be wrapped around arms for warmth. Those big old aprons wiped many a sweaty brow, bent over a hot wood stove and was handy for drying children’s tears. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls which would have been used as compost for future plantings. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company came into the farmhouse yard, that apron could be used to wipe down a lot of dusty furniture in a hurry. When dinner was ready, a farm wife need only step out on her front porch of the farmhouse and wave her apron. The men knew it was time to come in from the fields to eat.
These aprons were commonplace in the kitchens and farmhouses of the 1900s. There is no single household item today that has proven its worth more than the apron.