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iconnumber posted 12-28-2006 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the 1800 Boston city directory, the silversmith Nathaniel Leach is listed with a shop on Fifth Street. His brother Charles was also a silversmith who appears to have given up the trade in the mid 1790s. He is still listed in the directory, at his old address on Ann Street, but his occupation is give as "flop shop." Anyone have an idea what that might be? I thought it might be akin to flop house, but that term did not come into use till the 1880s.

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iconnumber posted 12-29-2006 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our old Random House dictionery has flop forging listed as a metalsmithing term. The definition reads "forging of both sides of a piece from the same die, the sides being identical." Maybe this is what a flop shop did?

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