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Cheryl and Richard

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iconnumber posted 07-26-1999 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cheryl and Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two months ago there was a serving spoon on eBay with the mark of Goodwin & Dodd. According to Belden they were in Connecticut. Can you provide further information on this maker?


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Horace Goodwin (1787-1864) and Thomas Dodd (1787-1824) worked in partnership from 1811 to 1821 in Hartford CT. Little is recorded about Dodd, as he died rather young. Advertisements for the shop listed clock making and repair as well as silverwork and it may be that this was his specialty. Goodwin had a longer career and is as well recorded as most silversmiths of his era. He was born on 11 Sept 1787 in Hartford. where his family line dated to the early years of the English settlement, beginning with his g-g-g-grandfather William Goodwin's birth there in 1629. He learned the silver and jewelry trades there. After becoming a journeyman, he did just that, first in New Briton and later in Vermont. He returned to Hartford in 1810 and bought the shop of Nathan Allyn. In 1811, he took over the business of Heydorn & Imlay, with Dodd as his partner. Dodd left in 1821, possibly due to ill-health and Goodwin joined with his brother Allyn, working as H & A Goodwin from 1821 to 1825. After that he advertised in Hartford papers as working alone until 1852, when he left silversmithing altogether and went into the music business.

As it happens, I was the winner of the Ebay auction you mention. The tablespoon is typical of other pieces I have seen. While their teaspoons appear typical for the period, their serving and place spoons tend to have rather long handles in relation to the bowl size. They have a healthy thick neck with a consistent taper to the end of the handle. The bowl/handle joint, though without a drop, usually shows a distinct half moon molding. Several of the teaspoons and place spoons, though from different families, have monograms engraved by the same hand as mine. I suspect this was done by Goodwin, as I have also seen a pair of salt spoons marked H & A Goodwin with monos again by the same hand, though the work may have been sent out to a specialist, which was a common enough practice to warrant consideration.

The various Goodwin and Dodd marks can be found in Belton's American Silversmiths, Enscko, and Bohan and Hammerslough's Early Connecticut Silver . The last has a small bio on both men as well as an illustration of their gold work - a superb oval frame for a miniature portrait in the Hammerslough collection.


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