American Silversmiths

John Dixwell
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John Dixwell


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John Dixwell
  • Born: 6 Mar 1680, New Haven CT
  • Marriage (1): Mary Prout on 1 Sep 1708 in Boston MA
  • Died: 2 Apr 1725, Boston MA

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  • Snuff box, c 1705-1725
    Yale University 27
    l: 2 5/16"
    wt: 1 oz, 1 dwt
  • Belden:,. Mentioned in July 11, 1705 entry of Samuel Sewall's diary as a goldsmith. An outstanding maker of early church silver, 27 examples by him are recorded in Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches. In 1717 gave cup he made to New North Church in Boston where he was a deacon. Made cup dated 1717 for Elisa Smith to give to Church of Charlestown, and cup dated 1722 for Sarah Knight to give to Church of Christ, Norwich. 4

  • Tankard, c 1705-1715
    Yale University 13
    h: 7 3/16"
    d: 5 1/4" (base)
    wt: 29 oz, 3 dwt
    Engraved with the Grosvenor arms and P (altered from original T) G possibly for Lt. Governor Thomas and Elizabeth (Pepper) Grosvenor.

  • Spout cup, c 1710
    Private Collection
    h: 3 7/8"
    wt: 5oz 4dwt
    Engraved A over I * R for Jonathan and Ruth (Peck) Atwater. The same initials can be found on a 1705 caudle cup by Dixwell, illustrated in E. Alfred Jones (1913), and a 1720 Dixwell porringer sold at Sotheby's, New York, 6-8 November 1975, lot 608. This is one of three known surviving spout cups of this form made by Dixwell. An identical cup, engraved with the initials C over NS, is in the collection at Winterthur.

  • Cup, 1712-1715
    Private Collection
    h: 5"
    wt: 13 oz, 5 dwt
    Engraved "Ex dono Alice Buckingham / to the Church of Christ / In Milford"
    Given by Alice (Newton) Buckingham sometime after the death of her husband.

  • Cup, 1714
    Private Collection
    h: 5 7/8"
    wt: 11 oz, 5 dwt
    Engraved "Given by Mr. Samll Stone / to the Chh of Christ / in milford: / 1714"

    Stone's will, dated December 16, 1712, bequests this cup to the church:
    I Give and Bequeath unto the Church of Christ in Milford, i.e. comonly known by ye name of Prysbeterian or Congregational, the sum of Seven pounds in money to be laid out for a piece of plate for ye use of the Church aforesaid.
  • Advertised in the New-England Courant (Boston MA), 1 Oct 1722-8 Oct 1722, offering a reward of 5 for the return of a quart tankard stolen from Crown Coffee House 4

John married Mary Prout on 1 Sep 1708 in Boston MA. (Mary Prout was born on 16 Apr 1686 in New Haven CT and was christened on 7 Apr 1689 in New Haven CT.)

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