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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If one of our readers has the Alabama book, I would appreciate any information given for this maker.

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Sidney Adair Smith, in “Mobile Silversmiths and Jewelers 1820-1867" has the following:
    Knapp, Alanson. (b. 1800). Silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler. Working in the firm Dunning and Knapp, 1826-1837. Working under his name 1838-1867 and working with Franklin A Leslie 1850-1854.

    In 1831 Knapp was elected ruling elder of the Government Street Presbyterian Church.

The Made in Alabama book states that Knapp was born in Connecticut and lived from 1797-1875. Knapp worked with Edward Dunning from 1826 until Dunning’s death in 1837. He worked alone until May of 1847 when he offered his entire stock for sale at cost. Knapp entered into a new partnership with Albert J. Leslie in January 1848. They were dealers in Watches, Jewelry and Silver Ware at 22 Dauphin Street. Leslie left in 1852 to work with his brother Franklin and Knapp worked by himself until 1873. His mark was “A. KNAPP”

The engraver Albert Sandoz is listed as working with Knapp in 1867 as an engraver.

The chapter in Made in Alabama on Alabama Silversmiths, Jewelers, and Silver Merchants was written by E. Bryding Adams and Frances C. Sommers.

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much. It looks like I was on the wrong trail -- oh, well.

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