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iconnumber posted 06-26-2004 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have just received a copy of Made in Bermuda, an exhibit catalog that includes silver and silver marks. I will have to study these more closely, but on first glance, it seems there is ample opportunity for conflating American and Bermudan marks, since, only rarely were the initial marks accompanied by "Bermuda."

By fortuitous coincidence, a few days after the above was posted in another thread, the mark below appeared on a very fine spoon up for auction in a coin silver category (photo provided by the spoons new owner):

It is the mark of Joseph Gwynn, a silversmith descended from early settlers of Bermuda in 1620. Born in St. George some time after 1783 he was working before 1813; his career was terminated in 1826, when, according to the brief biographical sketch in the book, he was hanged for the shooting death of another man (details not specified).
He may have been fairly prolific, for he is credited with three different marks, only one of which is known to have been accompanied by "Bermuda." He is one of only seven Bermudan silversmiths known to have made holloware, whereas others relied on imports for resale.

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