"1773" Boston Tea Party Women's V-neck shirt and tank top - For hardcore history folks
"Great t-shirt! I love the details in its simplicity and design. I can see people asking me for what it stands. And as with other History Nerd shirts I’ve ordered in the past, they come in a decent variety of colors and in a comfortable 60% cotton/30% poly blend . . . most comfortable and long wearing."
If you know the event this design refers to, then you understand why we wrote "for hardcore history folks." If you're not sure what this is all about, you'll find an explanation below.
The shirt: The v-neck and tank top are sized and cut from women, and we’re offering your choice of fabrics and colors:
- Black cherry V-neck shirt: Printed on a 4.3 oz polycotton shirt, slightly distressed on the neckline and hemline, and contrast dyed to create vivid hues. The neckline for this shirt is not as deep compared to the Warm grey color. The because of the dark fabric, the design is subtle. If you want the design to be prominent, order the warm grey instead of these. See size chart.
- Warm grey V-neck shirt: Printed on a super soft 4.2 oz polycotton shirt from Next Level that features a long flattering cut and a deep V. See size chart.
- Dark grey tank top: Printed on a 3.7 oz burnout fabric that is see-through in places. Great stretch and softness. Very distinctive. See size chart.
Note that the $2 price difference for the shirts is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.
Based on the feedback from buyers, one of whom characterized it as more of a "feminine fit," you might want to order a size larger than you would if you were ordering a standard men's/unisex shirt.
Comes with a hang tag that includes a quote from one of the participants and more background on the event.
The historic event behind the design
There's no name or other explanation on the shirt, which is why we labeled it "for hardcore history folks." We asked our Facebook community to explain the history behind the design:
"The Tea Act of 1773 gave the British East India Company a monopoly on tea sales in America.
On the evening of December 16th, 1773, Bostonians, following the lead of the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Narragansett or Mohawk Indians (sources disagree), boarded three ships and destroyed 342 chests of East India Company tea, which they dumped in the harbor.
The destruction of the tea was the final straw for Parliament and led to the Intolerable Acts of 1774. These closed the port of Boston, instituted a military government, quartered troops among the population, and allowed all British officials charged with a crime to stand trial in Great Britain instead of the Colonies.
Many years later George Hewes, a 31–year–old shoemaker and participant, recalled "We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard. And we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water."
Thanks to Chuck Burks, Nicole René Shults, Dennis Conley, Janet Raychouni, and Kevin Nelson for their contributions.
Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.
For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95.
Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.
Note that some large or heavy items may have an additional shipping charge, and when they do, that will be noted on the product page.
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- Free shipping
- On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.
US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selecting UPS (details below), especially during November and December.
$5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.
$8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
- UPS 3 Business Day Select
- $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
$18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
- If the actual shipping cost is much, much higher than what we’re charging, we reserve the right to contact customers to discuss options.
- UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
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- Canada and Mexico
- $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
$24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
- Rest of the World
- Rates starts at $65.00.
Additional charges for all destinations
Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge. If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.
All designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List
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I love this shirt! Super comfy, fits perfectly, and the dark cherry color is beautiful.
This top is so soft and I love the not so deep v neck (hoping y'all get more prints in this style!). Fits true to size and the black cherry color is so pretty, too.
Glad you like the feel and fit of that shirt. We are going to release another design this weekend in a V-neck that isn’t so deep or fitted.
Thanks for your order, your review, and your feedback.
— Lee Wright | Founder
I love my 1773 shirt! Subtle but fabulous. The color is great. It’s soft and comfortable. I purchased a medium and found it fits well, if a tad tight, so order accordingly.
This shirt is so comfy and is a beautiful color. U very rarely see this color. It was a must have with the historical meaning and its look.
I ordered the Boston Tea Party shirt as a gift for a friend who loves teaching the American Revolution as much as I do. She remarked how much she loved the color (cherry) and softness of the shirt. I will definitely order more from The History List!
I love the fit and the feel of the fabric… The shirt is perfect and super comfortable
Five stars because I love, love, love this shirt, quality is great, but unfortunately had to return it. It is very fitted, definitely a 'female' cut shirt - would be perfect if I weighed a little less... The company has been absolutely fantastic about the return policy and I will be exchanging it for something else.