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German term or phrase:Wohnrat
English translation:(personal) chattels
Entered by: Frauke Schroeder
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12:30 Feb 3, 2009
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German term or phrase: Wohnrat
Dear colleagues,

I am looking for a suitable translation for 'Wohnrat', a term that has been used in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. It is an overall term describing small furniture, crockery, living space accessories etc.

This is the context:

Period: early 20th century; 1900-1938
Estimated year(s): 1920-1935
Location: Dresden, Saxony, Germany

'Dresden, 7. Oktober

Wohnung auf dem Altmarkt

In den Abendstunden gab es gestern auf dem Alt-
Markt ein nicht ohne Regiekünste und originell vor-
bereitetes Schauspiel. Ein Wagen, hochgetürmt mit
Wohnrat, Betten ballten sich wie protestierende Fäuste.
Stühle streckten beschwörend ihre Beine zum dunkeln
Himmel empor. Ein Sofa thronte gemütlich über
einem Schrank. Aber das Beherrschende war ein
großer Grammophontrichter. Blaß und gespenstisch
blickten sonst neugierigen Blicken verbotene Gefäße der
Macht entgegen, die ihre Bestimmung ist.'

Your help on this is much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Frauke Schroeder
Local time: 05:54
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Summary of answers provided
3 +10household goods
Jutta Wappel
4household effectsTom Bodine

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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +10
household goods

would be my understanding

Jutta Wappel
Local time: 06:54
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Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in category: 4

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agree  David Moore
3 mins
  -> Thanks David!

agree  LP Schumacher: One of my first thoughts, too. A similar option would be "housewares."
4 mins
  -> Thanks Liesl!

agree  TonyTK: ... with the caveat that I often think of "household goods" as being new. How about "... with someone's worldly goods/possessions/furniture and bric-a-brac/furniture and possessions"?"
27 mins
  -> Thanks Tony!

agree  Bianca AH
42 mins
  -> Thanks Bianca!

agree  Alfredo Vargas
48 mins
  -> Thanks Alfredo!

agree  Claudia Rech: same to me
53 mins
  -> Danke Claudia!

agree  Inge Meinzer
1 hr
  -> Danke Inge!

agree  Friderike Butler: Wohnrat = Hausrat = household items/goods
2 hrs
  -> Danke Friderike!

agree  jccantrell: This is a good solution. From the original description, I could just think of George Carlin's "stuff" : If you had all the stuff in the world, where would you put it?
2 hrs
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agree  Helen Shiner: With TonyTK
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  -> Thanks Helen!
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Local time: 06:54
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi, I quite like this one because of the period it was used in. This is what I have found under chattels (pl.) http://www.shiredirect.com/mortgage-glossary/chattels.html

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Armorel Young: "chattel" in the singular is an obscure legal term, not suited to a text of this type; "chattels" in the plural would be possible, but is far more often encountered in the phrase "goods and chattels"
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household effects

standard English term

Tom Bodine
United States
Local time: 21:54
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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