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iconnumber posted 04-14-2000 01:58 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a sugar bowl circa 1805-1815, American coin silver by Simon Wedge of Baltimore. In trying to find value, I see pieces from 1798 valued at $300, and others at $1600.
Where might I find out more info about Wedge? I assume that value is tied to popularity of smith in question, but I'm new at this too!
thanks for any comments.....
diane cooner aka amani

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To your second question first. Simon Wedge, Sr. was born in 1774. He worked in Baltimore, advertising his services as a gold & silversmith and jeweler in various journals and directories there between 1800 and 1823. He used three marks: S.W in a cut corner cartouche (usually with with a second oval cartouche containing an eagle bust); S. Wedge in a shaped rectangle; and S. WEDGE in a plain rectangle. All three can be found with Baltimore assay marks for 1815-1819. Belton notes an important set of chalises dated 1817. He died in 1823 and his shop was taken over by his son, Simon, Jr. who may have continued using his father's marks, so later pieces must be judged carefully by style and provinence before attribution.

As to your first question. The value of an object is affected by many factors: condition, maker, rarity of form, history, market demand, etc. And all must be taken together; a battered old pot, if by a rare maker from an obscure city may do better than a fine piece of similar form by a common smith working in New York City or Boston. Your piece, by a noted smith working at Baltimore in the first two decades of the 19th century, certainly warrants strong interest. I would suggest that you have it inspected by a listed appraiser or a museum to verify the mark, dating, and possible value.

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