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iconnumber posted 11-25-2004 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for conwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have inheritesband d a 5 piece silver tea service. I cannot find out anything about the maker. It is J. Crawford. It came with an appraisal circ 1980. The appraisal says that J. Crawford was a silversmith of note who worked in New York circa 1820. My husband remembers seeing a set which looked like this one at Winterthur when we visited in the 1980's. Each piece has a gadroon base and repoussee swirls and flowers on the base and three bands.

If anyone know anything about this silversmith or design I would like to hear from you.

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iconnumber posted 11-25-2004 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Crawford was indeed a New York silversmith, and later apparently moved to Philadelphia c.1835. Another tea service by Crawford is in the Telfair Museum of Art , and an internet search will reveal other pieces by him.

If this post could be transfered to the American coin silver section, I'm sure there would be more knowlegeable comment!

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iconnumber posted 11-25-2004 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Crawford is listed in New York City directories from 1815 to 1836 (at 2 John Street, 1815; 406 Broadway, 1816-17; Bowery at Vauxhall, 1818-1825; Grand Street, 18286-1834; 99 Chrystie Street, 1835) and then in Philadelphia till 1843, when he returned to New York City, where he again worked until 1845. Quimby, in American Silver at Winterthur" notes only a small body of his silver work has survived. He seems to have prefered lobate forms with decorative banding, as you describe. Additional examples can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Huntington Library and Gardens.

I'd love to see some pictures of the pieces -- perhaps we can narrow up the time period for you.

And we'll get this thread moved to American Coin, as Patrick suggests.

[This message has been edited by wev (edited 11-25-2004).]

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