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bascall

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walked by the 18th Century English basement home of Portsmouth, Virginia's first silversmith, James Gaskins, tonight. It is a beautifully maintained house in Old Towne Portsmouh. Unlike Norfolk, Portsmouth had the distinction of not having most of its homes destroyed during the revolutionary war. Fifty years ago the brick forge and chimney portion of Gaskins' shop was still standing. Unfortunately tonight, I could no longer see any sign of it. The area where it would have been is now surrounded by a high fence and without trespassing it was not possible to positively verify whether the remnants of the shop were still there.
Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to come upon this slight glimpse of early American history.

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably a Starbucks by morning. . .

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argentum1

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I sold a descendent of James Gaskins several spoons within the past three years. She sent me an email with attachments showing an exhibition. I do not remember her address right off hand but will look for it. If I find it you could email her. I would think she has knowlegde of the history of the house. She lives in Norfolk. If I find it I will contact her for permission to send you the email address. If I do not find it within 10 days I will let you know.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 06-03-2007 04:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by argentum1:
I sold a descendent of James Gaskins several spoons within the past three years. She sent me an email with attachments showing an exhibition. I do not remember her address right off hand but will look for it. If I find it you could email her. I would think she has knowlegde of the history of the house. She lives in Norfolk. If I find it I will contact her for permission to send you the email address. If I do not find it within 10 days I will let you know.

Thanks for the information. Not too long ago, I attended an exhibition of silver from this area and Portsmouth in particular in downtown Portsmouth. Most likely it was the one you're referring to. Apparently, the current owner of the Gaskins house takes an active interest in silver made on the premises. With a little effort, I probably could find an opportunity to meet her and see what she has to say about Mr. Gaskins and his work. I've been told by more than one person that there is someone in the area that is very interested in Gaskins silver. It could even be two "someones." I've just never followed up on the information.

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 06-03-2007).]

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argentum1

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I received a response so I will post it here.
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What fun to see this Post!
We are proud to own and maintain this circa 1808 home that was owned by James Gaskins. He was an incredible craftsman and I bend the ear of anyone who will listen to the research I have collected on him.
The fence in the lane (called Gaskins Lane) does surround what used to be the location of his original silver shop (there is a photograph we provided of the fireplace he used on a Path of History sign located in front of our house). Unfortunately it was torn down in the 50's....long before we owned the home. Where the shop stood we have a glorious garden we love to dig in (no, no silver found here but we do have many artifacts of that era that we treasure).
If you get to the area....call me xxx-xxx-xxxx and I will share with you what I know, tell you where you can view some of his silver and perhaps invite you to the garden for a cup of non-starbucks coffee or tea!

[snip ... SM ....Please don't post email addresses. Discussion is for all to share. Thanks. ]

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argentum1

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Wev,
Barb told me she has a password but is still unable to post anything. Perhaps you could assist her. Thanks

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argentum1

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2007 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bascall, Barb of Gaskins fame wants to talk to you but needs your email. Please contact me and I will send her email address to you. My address is
[snip ... SM ....Second request. Please don't post email addresses. Discussion is for all to share. Thanks. ]
way you want. Thanks

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