• Lives, Marks, and Silver Objects
  • Contexts and Comparisons
  • 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.

The dust jacket shows a water pitcher made about 1810 by Longley & Dodge of Charleston, privately owned, on long-term loan to The Charleston Museum.
This updated, enlarged study of Burton's 1942 and Ripley's 1991 classic 
South Carolina Silversmiths
 brings new light to the subject.
Hidden Treasures: Re-Assessing 
South Carolina Silversmiths 
and Related Artisans to 1861

by Catherine B. Hollan
  • 8.75 by 11.25 inches
  • hardbound 
  • just under 1,000 pages

Visit the special exhibition
"Hidden Treasures, Re-Assessing South Carolina Silver"
at The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
January-March 2022.