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iconnumber posted 02-20-2005 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thomas W. Radcliffe was a silversmith recorded as working in Columbia and Camden South Carolina 1827 - 1870. He worked in a variety of partnerships or alone at various times. In his biographical sketch in South Carolina Silversmiths there is a hiatus in his activities between 1860 and the end of the Civil War. His birth date is not recorded.

Below is a copy of a photograph that descended in the Radcliffe family, which provides the information for at least some of that missing period, and a possible birth date according to family tradition. On the back of the frame is a label that reads:

T.W.Radcliffe, Sr.
3-8-1812 - 4-14-1870
1827 - 1870

Radcliffe was not in business on his own until 1833, earlier being associated with William Gregg, "perhaps as an apprentice," which may explain the apparent discrepency between the birth date and first working date - had he been on his own in 1827, at 13 years old, he would have been too young.

Only flatware is illustrated under his name in the book (there is one cup under the firm name of "Glaze & Radcliff"). Below is a cup, 3 1/2" to the top of the handle, marked "T W RADCLIFFE & Co." Radcliffe operated under that name ca. 1852 - 1856.

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iconnumber posted 02-20-2005 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent stuff; to add just a bit:

Thomas Radcliffe was born in Richmond VA to James and Frances (Browne) Radcliffe. He married Rebecca Gray of Columbia SC on 1 Feb 1836 and sired 9 children.

Successful in business, The family was well placed in Columbia society and lived on Pendleton Street at the corner of Assembly, within view of the state capitol building which was shelled by Union troops during the Civil War.

Capt. T. W. Radcliffe led Company A, "Columbia Rifles" of the 15th Reg't, South Carolina Infantry which was mustered into service at Lightwoodknot Springs in September of 1861. His sons Charles, Lewis, and Thomas all spent time in his company. Thomas Jr later served in Company B, 4th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion and died while raiding in Virginia shortly before March 6, 1864.

As noted, Thomas Sr died in 1870. His wife died in Columbia on 13 Oct 1893.

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2005 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Swarter WEV,

It is truely wonderful the human faces and the insights to past lives you bring to the subject of silver. Thank you.

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iconnumber posted 03-25-2009 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by swarter:
T.W.Radcliffe, Sr.
3-8-1812 - 4-14-1870

The above family photograph dates are corroborated by U.S. Federal Census mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 Columbia Ward 1, Richland County, South Carolina which record that Thomas Radcliffe a fifty-eight year old jeweller who was born in Virginia died in April of 1870.

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iconnumber posted 03-25-2009 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you look closely at the photo of Radcliffe especially at this feet, it looks like someone is standing behind him. I think this is the head clamp stand used to pose and hold still; which was used in those days because of the very slow shutter speed.

Here is an example:

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iconnumber posted 03-25-2009 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If he moved his feet during the long period the lens was open, it may also be a double exposure.

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