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Tankards (set of six). Made by Paul Revere, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts; 1772. Silver. Average height: 8 3/8” (21 cm). 1957.859.1-.6

Stove plate. Made at Elizabeth Furnace, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; 1769. Iron. Length: 22 7/8” (58.1 cm); Width: 27” (68.5 cm). 1960.145
Sundial. Probably engraved by Joseph Leddell, Sr., New York City; dated 1751. Copper. Height: 4 ½” (11.5 cm); Length: 9 ¼” (23.5 cm); Width: 9” (23 cm). 1995.41
Box. Probably made in New England; c. 1790-1820. Asphaltum and paint on tinned sheet iron, brass. Height: 6 1/8” (15.7 cm); Length: 9 3/8” (23.8 cm); Width: 5 5/8” (14.5 cm). 1965.1509

Metalwork Collection

 

Metalsmiths who settled in colonial America and trained successive generations of craftsmen left a legacy of metalwork important to all aspects of life. Winterthur’s impressive collection of American-made and imported metalwork encompasses more than 21,000 objects of gold, silver, silverplate, iron, pewter, copper, and alloys of copper such as brass, bronze, and paktong. Collection strengths include domestic and ecclesiastical pewter collected chiefly by museum founder Henry Francis du Pont and the museum’s first director, Charles Montgomery. Other important groups include wrought iron hardware as well as ornamental and useful implements; lighting and lamps, many incorporating François Pierre Ami Argand’s design; Kentucky rifles; and colonial American silver.

The silver collection includes approximately 9,000 examples of maker’s marks on flat silver such as spoons and sugar tongs. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley B. Ineson, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Bissell, and Richard Tousey, these items provide crucial information for research. Areas of focus for new acquisitions and research are all types of metalwork marked by a craftsman and objects with a known history of ownership in the United States.

For more on Winterthur’s collection of metalwork, please see Galleries, New Acquisitions, and Recent Discoveries.

 

Books about Winterthur Metalwork

Belden, Louise Conway. Marks of American Silversmiths in the Ineson-Bissell Collection. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1980.

Fales, Martha Gandy. American Silver in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1958.

Fennimore, Donald L. and Patricia A. Halfpenny.  The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 2000. Order online.

Fennimore, Donald L. Flights of Fancy: American Silver Bird-Decorated Spoons. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 2000.  Order online.

Fennimore, Donald L. Metalwork in Early America: Copper and Its Alloys from the Winterthur Collection. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1996. Order online.

Fennimore, Donald L. Iron at Winterthur. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 2004. Order online.

Quimby, Ian M. G. American Silver at Winterthur. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1995.  Order online.

 


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