American Silversmiths

Samuel Durand
Mary Bruen
(Abt 1717-)
John Durand
Rachel Meyer
Cyrus Durand


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Cyrus Durand
  • Born: 27 Feb 1787, South Orange NJ
  • Died: 18 Sep 1868, Irvington NJ

  General notes:

Silversmith and engraver

  Events in his life were:

  • Alternate Mark
  • He worked in 1814 as a silversmith and engraver in Newark NJ
  • He worked in 1815 as a silversmith and engraver in Rahway NJ employed in the Taurino factory making machines for spinning and carding hair for the manufacture of carpets. His attention was then directed to banknote engraving, and he made for Peter Maverick of New York a machine for ruling straight and wave-lines for bank notes. During the next year he made two other machines, one for drawing water lines, and the other for making plain ovals. These machines, of his own invention, may be regarded as the beginning of that series of geometrical lathes by which machine-work on bank notes has been carried to a degree of excellence that rivals the rich effects of the burin and pencil. After this, Durand devoted himself to bank-note engraving, and his inventions include many appliances, the principal of which, beside the geometric lathe, are mchines for engine turning and transfer presses.
  • He worked circa 1835 as an engraver in New York City NY
    Listed in Longworth's City Directory for 1835 at 45 Maiden-lane.

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