American Silversmiths

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Thomas Shields


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Thomas Shields
  • Born: 1743
  • Marriage (1): Lydia Morris on 28 Oct 1767 in Philadelphia PA
  • Died: 17 Dec 1819

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  Events in his life were:

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  • Apprenticed in 1760 to John Bailey in Philadelphia PA
  • Advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia PA), 14 Jul 1765, "Opened Shop in Front Street, the Third Door above the Drawbridge . . . a neat assortment of Gold, Silver and Jewelry Ware . . . will be greatly obliged to all Gentlemen and Ladies, that will please to favour him with their Custom; may depend on having their Work done in the best and neatest Manner, at the lowest Rates, and with the greatest Despatch . . ." 8
  • He worked in 1765-1791 as a silversmith in Philadelphia PA with a workshop at the third door above the Draw Bridge in Front Street in 1765 and later at the 7th house above the Draw Bridge. Listed in city directory: "At the sign of the Golden Cup and Crown" in 1771 and at 126 South Front Street, 1785-1791. 8

  • Coffeepot, 1765-1790
    Milwaukee Museum of Art

  • Dish cross, c 1770
    Private Collection
    h: 4 1/2"
    l: 12 1/4"

  • Receipt, 1784
    Private Collection 1
    To Samuel Wallis for "1 silver Milk Pott, 1 pr Piersed Spring Tea Tongs, and engraving the recipient's cypher on the same."
  • He appeared on the 1790 census taken at Philadelphia PA, listed as a silversmith.

Thomas married Lydia Morris on 28 Oct 1767 in Philadelphia PA. (Lydia Morris was born on 14 Jun 1745 in Philadelphia PA.)

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