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wev
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iconnumber posted 11-15-2002 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ran across this handsome gent on ebay. I have not found any records of his life or indicating his connection to the various DuBois clans except the 1880 census, which notes his father was from New Jersey and mother from Scotland, his full name was Benjamin Franklin DuBois, his wife was named Mary, and they had 4 children.

Is he listed in Brix?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-15-2002 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Brix:

  • Dubois, Abraham Goldsmith Adv. 1777,
    D 1785-1793, 1798-1802, D. 1807
  • Dubois, Abraham, Sen. & Jr.
    Goldsmiths D 1805-1807
  • Dubois, Francis Jeweller D 1831-1833
  • Dubois, George Jeweller D 1841
  • Dubois, Henry Jeweller D 1825,1833
  • Dubois, John Jeweller D 1831-1833
  • Dubois, Peter Jeweller D 1841-1843
  • Dubois, Thomas Jeweller D 1849
  • Dubois & Co. Goldsmiths D 1803

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iconnumber posted 11-26-2002 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sorry, posted by mistake

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2002 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK Stupid quetion time... what is BRIX...???

"Smaug"

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wev
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iconnumber posted 11-27-2002 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maurice Brix: List of Philadelphia Silversmiths and Allied Artificers, from 1682 to 1850

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FredZ

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The Brix book is a rather rare and pricey one to purchase. A pity that it has not been reprinted. I have a copy of the Parke-Bernet Galleries auction catalogue of Mr. Brix's collection when it went on the block in 1955. 34 of the 325 printed copies of his book were auctioned off at that time. The collection was monumental in size and took two afternoons to complete.

It is surprizing that more books have not been written about the smiths of this hub of early silversmithing. Fales' Richarson book is the most monumental I have seen. I have seen a recent list of Philadelphia silversmiths at the local University library. It is a book with a long list and that is all. No real meat and potatoes or images.

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Benjamin F Dubois was born 14 January 1838 in Philadelphia. He was born the same year as his wife.

In the 1850 U S Federal Census for the Borough of Frankford (lower Northeast section of Philadelphia), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Benjamin is listed with his family. His father wa a provisioner.

In the 1860 U S Federal Census for Chester Middle Ward, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Benjamin is listed as a jeweller.

In the 1870 U S Federal Census for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Benjamin is listed as a watchmaker/merchant.

In the 1880 U S Federal Census for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Benjamin is listed as having a jewelry store.

Benjamin is listed in Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory For 1881 at the address on the trade card.

He and a son are listed in Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory For 1892 as B F Du Bois & Son (Benjamin F & William H) watches.

Benjamin was a One Half Assignor to a few David Shive 1880's watch patents. One of the patents was infringed upon by the Keystone Watch Company. The resulting suit was won by Benjamin F Du Bois and David Shive in 1890.

Benjamin is listed in Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory For 1895 . Benjamin F was dealing in bicycles and jewelry, and William H was no longer listed in the watchmaking or jewelry trade.


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