- Lives, Marks, and Silver Objects
- Connections among Artisans
- Re-attributions and Identifications
Family records have established kinship, partnerships, arrivals, and removals. These clarified John and W.H. Ewan as father and son, Daniel and Thomas You as brothers, Lathrop & Wadsworth as two Connecticut young men embarking on a first business venture in Georgetown.
National and international comparisons provide context, for example:
--the rarity of American-made bottle labels
--novelty of the wine trolley in 1800
--curious animated clocks by Lockwood
--uses of an all silver cup and saucer
--enslaved silversmiths in 18th and 19th century America
--engraved state currency
--silver horse racing trophies
--scholastic, horticultural, agricultural, and military medals.
Some silver has been known but mislabeled in museum and private holdings for sixty and eighty years. The odd J.&P. Mood teapot with extended lower reservoir is now identified as a rare silver veilleuse. The worn gold Columbian coin countermarked by William Gowdey is identified with its context of plugging low-weight coins for use in commerce before the U.S. Mint was established.