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iconnumber posted 09-12-2007 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hello all,

In the absence of any interesting 20th C silver to discuss, here is a rather massive coin silver master butter with an odd mark. The mark is quite large, but rubbed. As far as I can make it out, it reads "Ch. S. West" in script. There is a Charles West listed in Kovel's, but the sources are all quite old and there is no mark provided. I could be wrong on the name; does anyone have a better idea of who it might be? Does the style ring any bells? As I said, the piece is unusually heavy.


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iconnumber posted 09-12-2007 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charles West is listed in the 1845 and 1850 Boston directories as a silversmith.

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iconnumber posted 09-12-2007 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks WEV. That is presumably the same fellow listed in the old sources cited by Kovel. It could be the guy. Any notes on his middle name, if any? I guess he does not tie into your tree anywhere.


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iconnumber posted 09-13-2007 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He's also listed in the directories of 1865, 1870, 1872 and 1875. (No middle inital, though). The 1850 census has him age 38, born in Nova Scotia (ca. 1812), with (presumably) wife Esther, age 28, and son Charles, age 10. He's listed with son(?) Charles again in 1860, and alone in 1870. He doesn't appear in either the census or directories after 1875, so presumably he died around that time.

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iconnumber posted 11-03-2007 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone is still interested, there is a Charles West, silversmith listed in the 1890 Boston City Directory whose shop and home are on the same streets as the ealier directory listings but at different house numbers. It's possible that this is a listing for the son.

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