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iconnumber posted 10-03-2002 02:10 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best reference to obtain a complete biography about "John Polhemus", silversmith from New York City? I'm looking for complete pattern listings and also personal history of his silversmith shop, especially concerning the sale of it to Scheibler.

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2002 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know of no single biographic source about John Polhamus (commonly misspelled Polhemus)(d. 1877). You will find various bits of information about him and his workship in several publicatons. Suggest you consult the indexes or alphabetical listings in the following:
1)Dorothy T. Rainwater and Judy Redfield, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, rev. fourth ed. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1998).
2)Deborah Dependahl Waters, ed., Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City, Vol. I (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 2000)
3)Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1994).
A number of Polhamus-designed flatware patterns are illustrated on pp. 105-106 in Noel D. Turner, American Silver Flatware, 1837-1910 (San Diego: A. S. Barnes; reprinted San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1998). A few Polhamus flatware pieces retailed by Tiffany & Co. are illustrated in Chapter 1 in William P. Hood Jr., with Roslyn Berlin and Edward Wawrynek, Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2000).

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iconnumber posted 09-25-2008 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a bit about John Polhamus that may or may not be readily available: In the 1839-40 Manhattan, New York City Directory he was a silverchaser at 46 Forsyth.

In the 1850 U S Federal Census for New York City he is listed as a watchmaker with three other watchmakers listed in his household.

And in Dogget's 1850 New York City directory there is a John Polhamus listed as a jeweller.

Polhamus & Strong are listed at 203 Center Street in the 1863 IRS tax records with John Polhamus and George C Strong shown as the parties paying tax on silver ware.

In the 1860 and 1870 U S Federal Census's for New York City John is listed as a silversmith.

John was born in about 1811 in New York State.

John's wife looks to have been Delaphine Clark?

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