Haberdashers. The haberdashers (hurriers or cappers of old time so called), were originally a branch of the mercers. Haberdashers of small wares, such as ribands, laces, etc, were called millainers (milliners), an appellation derived from their dealing in. merchandise chiefly imported from Milan, in Italy, such as brooches, agglets, spurs, capes, glasses, etc. Amongst other wares also which constituted a part of the haberdashery of the period, were pins, before the introduction of which the English ladies are stated to have used points or skewers made of thorns, to fasten their garments with; but long before the decease of Elizabeth they were manufactured in great numbers in England. In the reign Of Henry VI. [1422 - 1461] there were not more than a dozen haberdashers' 6hops in the whole city. The business of the haberdasher was not, however, confined to the lighter articles of a lady's wardrobe, but extended to the sale of daggers, swords, knives, spurs, glasses, dials, tables, balls, cards, puppets, inkhorns, tooth-picks, fine earthen pots, salt-cellars, spoons, tin dishes; and even mouse-traps, bird-cages, shoeing-horns, lanterns, and jews' harps.