Asa Blanchard is know to have made silver in Lexington, Kentucky as early as 1808, he was very successful and advertised in the Lexington papers. He is listed in the 1820 Census as having two manufacturers that were male slaves and two female slaves. His shop was listed in the Lexington directory of 1838 as 18 North Mill Street, the corner of short, and his home was at 41 N. Mill.
Good condition, dents to bowl, small solder repair. Wear and scratches expected with use.
Length: 8 3/4”.
Foster and Purple Coin Silver Forks
Mark: “FOSTER & PURPLE COLUMBUS, GA”.
Monogram: “ L.B.C.”
Length: 7 1/2”
A rare set of 4 fiddle and thread coin silver forks by the short lived partnership of W. Foster and Samuel B. Purple (1813-1857).
Southern city marked silver is rare and desirable.
Condition: Good, signs of use, tines are in good shape with minimal wear.
Clark and Co. Augusta Ga. Coin Silver Ladle.
Mark: CLARK & CO.
Impressive large coin silver ladle.
Alexander Young and Son’s Camden South Carolina Handled Cup.
ca. 1850‘s. Camden South Carolina.
Maker: Alexander Young(b. 1784-1856). Working 1807-1856.
Mark: A. YOUNG & SON’S. Two pseudo hallmarks: Eagle and bust in ovals.
Period monogram: “N.B.S. to C.T.”
Height: 3 1/4”
A distinctive and heavy cup by this rareSouth Carolina maker. Round rim with applied beaded edge, lower two thirds of cup is dedecagon ending in a simple protruding rim, hollow applied handle.
According to authorE. Milby Burton in “ South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860, Alexander Young was a native of Fifeshire Scotland and came to America as a young man, be was working in Camden, South Carolina as early as 1807. He was a skilled silversmith making a silver trowel used by Lafayette to lay the cornerstone of the DeKalb monument, when he visited Camden in 1825. When Alexander died in 1856 the business was taken over by his two sons.
Condition: Good no repairs, some separation to seam on lower part of handle and dent to upper part of handle.
Rare Augusta Georgia Octagonal Handled Cup. Marked Prontaut Augusta, Ga.
Maker: Wood and Hughes, New York, New York.
Marks: A. PRONTAUT AUGUSTA, GA. W& H 900/1000STERLING”
Height: 3 1/4”
Weight: 3.50 oz troy.
Octagonal cup with repousse floral decoration, applied scroll handle. Engraved “Ann Marie”.
This cup is marked as coin silver (900/1000) and also sterling, the sterling mark was added later.
Prontaut appears to be an unpublished georgia retailer and does not appear in The Silversmiths of Georgia by George Cutten or Kovels’ American Silver Marks.
In the dictionary for the city of Augusta, and businesses advertiser for 1859, Prontaut is listedas a jeweler and watchmaker located at 163 Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia.
Antoine Prontaut was born in Paris in 1810, he had twochildren, John Henry, born in New York City in 1842 and daughter Emma Bignon born around 1859 in Georgia. Antoine Prontaut is buried with his wife in Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta.