SMP Logo
SM Publications
Silver Salon Forums - The premier site for discussing Silver.
SMP | Silver Salon Forums | SSF - Guidelines | SSF - FAQ | Silver Sales

The Silver Salon Forums
Since 1993
Over 11,793 threads & 64,769 posts !!
American Sterling Silver Forum
How to Post Photos REGISTER (click here)

customtitle open  SMP Silver Salon Forums
tlineopen  American Sterling Silver
tline3open  Alonzo Hebbard

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

ForumFriend SSFFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Alonzo Hebbard
ellabee

Posts: 306
Registered: Dec 2007

iconnumber posted 10-26-2008 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This past week I've been having fun obsessively searching through the online patent database. (To look for flatware patents in 1859, for example, use the string 'ccl/D7/$ and isd/1/1/1859->12/31/1859', then use the search by patent number to look at the images of patents whose current class is D7/653 or /661 or /662.)

Among the most intriguing finds were patents by Alonzo Hebbard of New York City. Pieces made in his patterns and retailed by Tiffany are shown in figures 29-31 of William Hood's Tiffany Silver Flatware: When Dining Was an Art. Hood describes them as "attributable" to George Sharp, and they are indeed Sharp-like, but the designs are Alonzo Hebbard's (patent #3616, 1869; #3053, 1868; and #2664, 1867).

But who produced the pieces, and why have we never heard anything about Alonzo Hebbard? My first thought was that he must be related to Henry Hebbard. The only reference online to Alonzo H. is his brief obituary notice in the July 31, 1887 New York Times; he was 60.

Another intriguing hint is in the Hood Tiffany book, in Fig. 17: spoons in a 'Mask'-like pattern marked 'H.H. pat. 1859' and 'Tiffany' appear to be Alonzo Hebbard's first patent, #1320 in 1860, which was assigned to Gale & Willis. (I'll add images tomorrow, but the computer on which I've saved them is unavailable.)

Does anyone know anything more about Alonzo Hebbard? Was he a maker as well as designer? What was his relationship, if any, to Henry Hebbard?

[This message has been edited by ellabee (edited 10-26-2008).]

IP: Logged

bascall

Posts: 1626
Registered: Nov 99

iconnumber posted 10-27-2008 01:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As always this can be taken for what it's worth. Thus far there has been no biographical sketches found of the two gentlemen, but that is not to say there isn't something around.

It would be amazing if Henry and Alonzo were not somehow related, but there is nothing so far that I have uncovered that positively connects the two other than their surname and birth state. Both were designers as well as silversmiths. Henry seemed to have pursued the production path, and Alonzo appears to have become a designer and modeler. The Henry C Hebbard that had been a witness for a Henry Hebbard patent was probably his son.

Henry was born in New York in 1815, 1819 or 1820 (the first year given was 1815 which is the one I tend to lean towards as a rule?) and Alonzo was also born in New York in about 1827.

Alonzo's brother Nathaniel was also a silversmith. The widow of a Nathaniel Hebbard appears in the 1857 New York City Directory. Henry Hebbard is in the same directory.


IP: Logged

ellabee

Posts: 306
Registered: Dec 2007

iconnumber posted 10-29-2008 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that info, bascall. There may be no connection with Henry Hebbard. I was mistaken about the unknown 'Mask'-like piece marked for Henry Hebbard shown in the Tiffany book being Alonzo Hebbard's 1860 patent #1320. I think it's just a slightly different version of Henry H.'s 'Mask', one that he may have intended to patent, but didn't.

Here are the A. Hebbard designs retailed by Tiffany that Wm. Hood semi-attributed to George Sharp:

IP: Logged

nutmegr

Posts: 58
Registered: Jun 2005

iconnumber posted 10-30-2008 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nutmegr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to share these spoons, they appear to be the third pattern above. I had always assumed these were George Sharp because of the hexagonal shaft and the ball finial - although in some ways I like these better than the plain ball finial in my marked G.S. sifter.


The following marks are on the larger spoon, the egg spoon is marked the same except for the retailer.


---------------
Lisa

IP: Logged

ellabee

Posts: 306
Registered: Dec 2007

iconnumber posted 10-30-2008 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How exciting, Lisa! Thanks so much for those images.

That's just how the 'Domed' (my name for the pattern) piece in the Tiffany book is marked: 'patented', with no year. That one has a figural bird at the top of the dome, but is still clearly the same pattern. Yours is exactly like the patent drawing.

IP: Logged

All times are ET

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.46a


1. Public Silver Forums (open Free membership) - anyone with a valid e-mail address may register. Once you have received your Silver Salon Forum password, and then if you abide by the Silver Salon Forum Guidelines, you may start a thread or post a reply in the New Members' Forum. New Members who show a continued willingness to participate, to completely read and abide by the Guidelines will be allowed to post to the Member Public Forums.
Click here to Register for a Free password

2. Private Silver Salon Forums (invitational or $ donation membership) - The Private Silver Salon Forums require registration and special authorization to view, search, start a thread or to post a reply. Special authorization can be obtained in one of several ways: by Invitation; Annual $ Donation; or via Special Limited Membership. For more details click here (under development).

3. Administrative/Special Private Forums (special membership required) - These forums are reserved for special subjects or administrative discussion. These forums are not open to the public and require special authorization to view or post.


| Home | Order | The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects | The Book of Silver
| Update BOS Registration | Silver Library | For Sale | Our Wants List | Silver Dealers | Speakers Bureau |
| Silversmiths | How to set a table | Shows | SMP | Silver News |
copyright © 1993 - 2020 SM Publications
All Rights Reserved.
Legal & Privacy Notices