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    Acquired by noted Revere silver expert George Gebelein in 1938.

    Paul Revere: A Set of Six Silver Tablespoons, Circa 1790-1800, Originally from the Family of Daniel and Mary Turner Sargent. Though Paul Revere is most remembered for his midnight ride warning Massachusetts' minutemen of the arrival of the British, he was, first and foremost, a celebrated silversmith. Each of these spoons contains slightly more than two ounces of silver and measures 8.875" in length overall, 1.75" wide, with 3" long bowls. They all feature a monogram "DMS" in script on the downturned and rounded end of the handle and an engraved "REVERE" on the back of each stem. The initials are those of a prominent colonial Massachusetts couple, Daniel and Mary Turner Sargent, who commissioned their creation. Housed in a silverware sleeve, we note only trivial scuffs as expected. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own such an important matched set of six Revere tablespoons in wonderful condition and with exemplary provenance going back 220 years.

    Please Note: We have discovered that there is an entry in Paul Revere's Account Book for August 28, 1783, being a charge to Daniel Sargent for twelve large silver spoons totaling twenty-five ounces with an additional charge for the monograms (the term used was "cyphers"). This gives a more exacting date for their manufacture and indicates that there were originally twelve made, of which six are still extant.

    Daniel Sargent (1731-1806) and Mary Turner Sargent (1743-1813) were married in 1763 and lived in Gloucester before moving to Boston in the 1770s. He descended from an old Massachusetts family of shipbuilders and merchants. She, interestingly, was born in a house built by her grandfather and later made famous in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel House of the Seven Gables. Mary was also the subject of a 1763 painting by John Singleton Copley, who is perhaps best known for his later portrait of Paul Revere. The couple had seven children, including celebrated writers Henry Sargent and Lucius Manlius Sargent.

    Provenance: In 1938 these spoons were purchased from the Sargent estate by George Gebelein, a noted silversmith who has been dubbed by many in the industry as the "modern Paul Revere." Although Gebelein died in 1945, his family continued his legacy until 1986, when they sold the business. By 1989, some of Gebelein's personal collection found its way to auction. In that auction's catalog, these spoons are attributed to the "Collection of George C. Gebelein." The set is also referenced in the 1998 encyclopedia on Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers by Patricia E. Kane (page 833).


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    June, 2013
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