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"1773" Boston Tea Party shirt - For hardcore history folks

Regular price $ 28.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 28.95 USD
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  "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 I wrote "for hardcore history folks." If you're not sure what this is all about, you'll find an explanation below.

The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
  • 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt in Grey. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 5.4 oz Your best choice if you're looking for a 100% Made in the USA shirt.  S- 4X. See size chart.

    Note: We suggest ordering one size larger than you normally wear. (This shirt runs small.)
  • Made in the USA shirt in Heather grey. 90% cotton / 10% poly. Cotton grown, and shirts knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz. L - 2XL. See size chart.

  • 100% American grown cotton 5.5 oz shirt in Slate blue. If you judge t-shirt quality based on weight, get this one. It's our softest 100% cotton shirt. Garment-dyed. Because the color is dark, there is less contrast between the shirt and imprint, so if you're looking for something subtle, this is your best choice. S- 3X. If you want the design to be prominent and easy for everyone to see, do not get this shirt. See size chart.

  • Our standard 4.3 oz. Poly-Cotton shirt that gets rave reviews. Our softest shirt. It's also our thinnest and lightest. It is very high-quality and long-wearing, but it is thin and light. Lots of people love them, which you can see in the reviews, but if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight or thickness, do not get this one. Instead, get one of the two 100% cotton shirts above. In Sage. If you're looking for our softest shirt, the one people rave about, this is the one. S - 3X. See size chart.

Still not sure? Watch this video.

Note that the $3 price difference for the 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.

Comes with a hang tag that includes a quote from one of the participants and more background on the event.

The "1773" Boston Tea Party design is also available in a women's v-neck in warm grey, crewneck sweatshirt in brown, leather patch capembroidered cap, as a handmade braceletvinyl decal, and sticker.

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.

As Larisa Moran Prinz commented, "Be a rebel and stump the average person."




Timing: We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least weeks in advance, especially if you are use USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for a reliable and on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to the "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

  • When it's longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.


    Domestic shipping charges:

    • 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 selected UPS (below), especially during November and December.

      • $4.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $7.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

    • UPS 3 Business Day Select - We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.
    UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
      • $11.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.

      • $14.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

    • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)

      • $44.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.

      • $49.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

    International shipping: Limited to US Postal Service International Service only.

    • Canada and Mexico

      • $18.00 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.

      • $24.00 for Woven blanket, hooded sweatshirts, and mugs. 

    • Rest of the World

      • Rates starts at $65.00

    Note: Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

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      Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 84 reviews
      Kurtis R.
      Great shirt

      My 1773 shirt for the Boston tea party event in history is not only soft and a great fit. It is also a great way to share history. People ask about it and the conversation goes from there. As a museum curator it is also a great shirt to wear for work too.

      Giovanni N.
      Love love love

      Best site for history nerds needs !

      1773 Boston Tea Party Shirt

      I love this shirt! Great quality and fits true to size. Long live liberty!

      Martha P.
      Great Shirt, Great Message

      This shirt fits perfectly and I love the historical reference. Fine quality at a good price. This was not my first shirt, it will not be my last!

      Eddie V.
      Boston Tea Party Shirt

      I really enjoy my shirt. It is a high quality, comfortable t-shirt. The logo is perfect to wear around my history buff friends.

      AJ M.
      The best shirt

      Great quality and the most comfortable t-shirt I've ever owned.

      Matt D.
      Great service!

      Very satisfied service. Faster delivery than I expected and I love the shirt!

      Kayla P.
      looks great!

      husband loves it and its very soft. fits good, did not shrink up in wash :)

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