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iconnumber posted 07-31-2007 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not seen John Aitken of Philadelphia in your list of silversmiths. This is his mark from a pair of sugar tongs.

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2007 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know it is hard to believe, judging from the size of it, but wev's project (as I understand it) is not intended to include all American silversmiths (or at least it wasn't when he began), but only those in his family tree, no matter how distantly related (bur related they must be). If he keeps at it long enough, he may eventually tie them all in in one way or another (the silversmithing community was closely intertwined), but that is not his intent (at least not yet). His extended family does not seem to have extended far into Philadelphia or points to the South or West. His other lists are directories or censuses, and all silversmiths may not have been listed in those places at those times. He will correct me if I am wrong.

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2007 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please excuse me as I was not aware of the list being strictly genealogical. I thought the reference to 'family' was to the family of silversmithing and not to his extended family.

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2007 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Swarter has it basically correct. My project is primarily a genealogical study, though it has nothing at all to do with my own family (a rather dreary collection of Danish chemists and drug makers). I became interested in the family connections between makers while sorting out the Moulton's tree. I recognized other familiar silver surnames that married into their line and decided to see how far it all went. It is an artificial conceit and forces the exclusion of many worthy names (as in this case), but it does provide structure and has produced some interesting incites into the evolution and distribution of the trade and its forms.

I used to put the entire tree on my site, but it has grown too large (220,000+ web pages) to be maintained with reasonable efficiency and labor, so I now only build pages for the actual smiths, etc. I regret the necessity of doing so, losing the inter-connectedness of the whole, but it's the best I can manage at present.

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