Some Virginia Silversmiths' Marks
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Thomas McCarty (w1822-70, Wellsburg, WV) used his distinctive name with eagle head and tail mark on silver spoons and on the brass back-plate of his tall case clock works.
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First row: John Adam + eagle; Thomas Purse; Sheldon Toomer; Joseph McFeely; Smith Hunsicker + eagle;
Second row: Asa Blansett; Wm. Richardson+ eagle; Ebenezer Thomas + lady; James Geddy
Watchpapers were advertisements as well as repair notations that were placed inside the watch case. Often several watchpapers will be found together for different watchmakers. Repairing and regulating watches became a lucrative branch of silversmithing in America, a service that the public expected to find in one shop--a silversmith might hire a man for the watchmaking branch and a watchmaker might retail silver.
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