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t-man-nc

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iconnumber posted 01-12-2003 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok - If silversmith is born in NY but does the majority of his work in Texas, is he a Texas silversmith or a NY one? There is a census list for 1860 Colorado County listing three silversmiths. Smaug and I are arguing classifications.

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iconnumber posted 01-12-2003 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greetings Noncollectra - Wife of Smaug,
Interesting question; this is why I don't sort things by place. Many, perhaps a majority, of the smiths in my tree trained and worked in more than one city or state -- Abel Buell worked in half a dozen colonies -- and it is seldom possible to assign a given piece to a given place. Was Frederick Marquand a southern maker or northern? And what state? He trained in New York and worked there, but also in Georgia, and Alabama. To further complicate things, some Rhode Island makers are now, by dint of changing state/colony boundries, Massachusetts makers. Better I think to sort by maker, noting all the various locations, and assign a specific place only to those pieces of known origin or obvious stylistic form.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-12-2003 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was born in NYC and left before I was two. I returned to NYC in the early 1970's. Strictly based on longevity and maturation I am a New Yorker. I believe it is not where one does their work or even where they spend the majority of their life. New York is a great place and my home but as they say, home is where the heart is. My heart is in Texas, Florida and North Carolina. So I guess you had better ask the smiths where they are from. Time travel anyone? biggrin

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labarbedor

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iconnumber posted 01-28-2003 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for labarbedor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am sorry, but I can't resist any longer.
A silversmith who worked in NY and Tex. is Ny when I buy his work and Tex. when I sell it. Again my apologies.

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iconnumber posted 01-28-2003 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apologies? Heck, that's one of the primary truths.

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