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avalata

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2003 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Does anyone have any further information on this partnership beyond the dates? I sure can't seem to find much. I don't even know for sure if these are the right dates!

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wev
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iconnumber posted 08-03-2003 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the basic dates of their careers, see:
Charles and George

They were two of twelve children born to Timothy and Hannah (Fosdick) Fletcher of Lancaster MA and the brothers of two other silversmiths, Thomas Charles and Henry Fletcher. Henry left early on for Kentucky and was working in Lexington by 1818. Thomas, the eldest, first worked in Boston were he formed his famous partnership with Sydney Gardiner. The firm moved to Philadelphia by 1815 and he continued in that city for more than three decades. Of the four brothers, Thomas was the only fully trained silversmith, and probably supplied goods for resale to Charles and George, who were primarily jewelers and watchmakers.

Did you have a specific question?

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avalata

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2003 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wev:
For the basic dates of their careers, see:
Charles and George

They were two of twelve children born to Timothy and Hannah (Fosdick) Fletcher of Lancaster MA and the brothers of two other silversmiths, Thomas Charles and Henry Fletcher. Henry left early on for Kentucky and was working in Lexington by 1818. Thomas, the eldest, first worked in Boston were he formed his famous partnership with Sydney Gardiner. The firm moved to Philadelphia by 1815 and he continued in that city for more than three decades. Of the four brothers, Thomas was the only fully trained silversmith, and probably supplied goods for resale to Charles and George, who were primarily jewelers and watchmakers.

Did you have a specific question?


Hi Bill,

Well, I have a pair of tablespoons bearing the mark of this partnership, C.&G.F in a rectangular punch, that are identical in form and engraving to Fletcher and Gardiner pieces - I am sure you are right; the same workmen probably made both and a different mark was made for the partnership. I just can't seem to find out much about the partnership itself, whether it was at 139 Chestnut, why it started when either of these men could have been working down the street at for Fletcher and Gardiner, etc. Are there any known advertisements for the partnership? Thanks!

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2003 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know of any advertisements for the firm or why the brothers did not join their older brother -- sibling rivalry?

And to correct my previous: while his firm had the capacity for producing silver goods on a large scale, Thomas' part in Fletcher & Gardiner was primarily as designer and promoter; it was Sydney Gardner who carried out the actual making and supervised the workshop generally.

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iconnumber posted 10-01-2007 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charles in 1850 has taken up farming in Washington, D C, West of 7th St Turnpike. He is married to Louisa Lovett who was born in England and judging by other members of the household related to New York Lovetts.

Louisa appears to have quite a sum of money to her credit. In 1860 Charles claims no occupation, and in 1870 he is a retail merchant in Philadelphia without Louisa but still living with Lovetts in Charles B Dunn's (lawyer) home.

George in 1850 is an engraver in Philadelphia and in 1860 at age 64 he is a clerk. His wife's name is Sophia E in the census's altough family members give her name as Sophia C.

Admittedly, this information does nothing to answer the question at hand, but hopefully at is at least somewhat of interest.

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