ribattere i cotti

Gymnasiumcats

New Member
English - US
In a letter from 1914 from my great grandfather in Foggia to his daughter in America, working as a seamstress: "Comprendo che le altre ragazze vanno a ribattere i cotti, che per fare la sarta ci vanno le grande capacita' per guadagnare i 17 o 18 scudi la settimana." What does "ribattere i cotti" mean in this context?
 
  • Mary49

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Immigrant women were often employed in brick factories; there they had to "test" the bricks, tapping them after the process of burning. "Cotto" is another term for "mattone" (brick).
     

    Gymnasiumcats

    New Member
    English - US
    Immigrant women were often employed in brick factories; there they had to "test" the bricks, tapping them after the process of burning. "Cotto" is another term for "mattone" (brick).
    Thank you! I never would have figured that out...
     
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