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wev
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iconnumber posted 03-05-2003 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could anyone with a good Ohio reference post any details of Abrilla Quinby, probably working c 1820 in Warren OH? Kovel lists him (citing Knittle's Early Ohio Silversmiths) as a maker, but family histories only mention he dealt in 'fancy goods.' Kovel also lists his father, Captain Ephraim Quinby as working in Warren, which is, I believe, false -- he was a hugely successful farmer and land speculator and nothing indicates he was ever a maker.

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2007 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It took a while to come up with this, but for what it's worth, here's what I've learned about Abrilla Quinby. She is Captain Ephraim Quinby's daughter. The captain had many influential and lucrative positions in life not least of all the founder of Warren, Ohio, but there is no sign of him having ever been a craftsman of any kind. Abrilla married Horace Potter who was a Yale graduate and a doctor who had settled in Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio. Abrilla was Horace's second wife. He passed away in 1841. Abrilla's grandson Horace Ephraim Potter ultimately per the 1930 federal census became an owner/craftsman of a jewelry business. As for having a silversmith in Warren in 1820, anything is possible, but, although it was the county seat, judging by the scant population of the town at that time, it is more likely that any fancy goods and silver wares came from Pittsburgh.

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iconnumber posted 10-01-2007 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book by Ruth Mansfield Knittle, 'Early Ohio Silversmiths and Pewterers' has an entry under 'Warren, Trumbull County' which reads:
Abrilla Quinby
Capt. Ephraim Quinby, 1799
that is the extent of the entry.

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iconnumber posted 10-01-2007 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After digging through some references.....
There was no money in the communities so barter was the only way of exchanging goods. With that I strongly doubt that silver was ordered, made, exchanged or possessed as there were no luxuries in wilderness areas. The Knittle publication is in the form of a paperback phamplet of 63 pages and without illustrations of marks.

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Quinby is not listed in Beckwith's Ohio at all. There were two main firms working in Warren: Walter King and his three sons, Ashbel, Julius and Walter Burnham and, somewhat later, Combs & Vautrot.

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For what it is worth....Horace E. Potter was an influencial designer, silversmith and jeweler in Cleveland and a strong force during Ohio's Arts & Crafts Movement.

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