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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-08-2007 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In a document dkconsulateusvi.com/Inhabitants/Inhabitants07052002.pdf entitled:

    A list of the names of INHABITANTS
    The Danish Westindian Islands (The VIRGIN ISLANDS)
    from 1650 - ca. 1825
    Compiled by HUGO RYBERG (Genealog)
    of COPENHAGEN (Denmark)
    from the sources in The Royal Danish State Archive in COPENHAGEN (Denmark)
    Editor: Mrs. RIGMOR de VICQ
    of COPENHAGEN (Denmark)
    1945

They mention two silversmiths:
  • Coulougnac, Roch born Paris silversmith. citizen 1.8.1787
  • Br�ndlund, Joh. Jacob a silversmith in Copenhagen appeared in
    skiftepro. no. 37 24.8.1777

I was wondering what our members might know about these smiths?

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No luck yet on Coulougnac, but Bøje's "Danske Guld og Sølvsmedemaerker" has a Johan Henrik Brøndlund who received a trade licencse to work as a silversmith in Copenhagen on 14 Oct 1765 and died in 1773 in St. Croix. I suspect Joh. Jac. Brøndlund must've been his son or other relation.

I note, too, that the document you reference lists a third silversmith: Peter Bentzon, husband of Rachel Motte. A free man of color educated in Phildelphia, he is generally considered to be this first African-American silversmith whose mark is known. He worked for over forty years in both St. Croix and Philadelphia.

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Thanks for the input blakstone. In time maybe more will surface.

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2018 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Footed Cup
Presentation Cup
1841
By
Peter Bentzon
American (born Virgin Islands)
c. 1783 – after 1850
6 7/8 x 5 3/8 x 4 inches
Weight: 15 ounces 17.5 dwt

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Colonialism and the Object Empire. Material Culture and the Museum
The silversmith Peter Bemzon"...
pages 86 - 94

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