Silversmiths to the Nation: 1808-1842

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Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner, 1808-1842 presents the first in-depth study of the celebrated silversmiths and their magnificent work. The firm these men established in Boston (1808-11) and Philadelphia (1811-42) revolutionised the significance of silver in America as a medium of public appreciation and introduced a new era in silver production. The grand presentation pieces Fletcher & Gardiner created for the heroes of the War of 1812 are without equal. These objects have no American precedent in their scale, patriotic imagery, and fabrication. The everyday household and personal silver the firm produced in abundance as well - from teapots to jewellery - spoke to the needs of an upwardly mobile class in the early 1800s. Indeed, the Fletcher & Gardiner manufactory was the Tiffany of its day. Some 100 works from the firm have been located and are included in this lavishly illustrated volume. Many are from private collections and are published for the first time. A

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Cathy Matson is Professor of History at the University of Delaware and Director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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This exhibition catalog studies the lives and work of Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner, who became preeminent silversmiths in the early years of the republic. After moving from Boston to Philadelphia in 1811, their business prospered, and their fame and the quality of their silver pieces grew with the commissions they received for huge, exquisitely executed tributes for the heroes of the War of 1812, which established the firm's national reputation. They sold household silver and jewelry and other luxury items. Fennimore (curator emeritus, Winterthur Museum, DE) and Wagner (associate curator of decorative arts, Winterthur Museum) include, e.g., an illuminating chapter on the precious metal trades in Philadelphia and one on the antique models for the firm's pieces. Part 2 is a catalog of the traveling exhibition, featuring detailed photographs of each piece with a full description and indication of provenance. A result of the pioneering research of the authors, this first book-length study of the firm redresses a serious omission in the history of American silver. Despite lacking footnotes and prominent listings of the dates and places of the exhibition, this volume deserves to be in every academic and public library.—Martin Chasin, Fairfield, CT
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