American Silversmiths

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Mrs. Walker
John Edwards
(Abt 1650-Bef 1690)
Elizabeth Walker
John Edwards


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1. Sybil Newman

2. Abigail Fowle

John Edwards
  • Born: 1671, England
  • Marriage (1): Sybil Newman on 29 Oct 1694 in Boston MA
  • Marriage (2): Abigail Fowle on 26 Aug 1740 in Boston MA
  • Died: 8 Apr 1746, Boston MA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

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  • Flynt & Fales:, . 3 Son of a chirurgeon, who brought him to Boston when he was about 14. When he died the Boston Evening-Post noted that he was "a Gentleman of a very fair Character and well respected by all that knew him." His estate, appraised by Jacob Hurd, totaled 4,840 of which 336 was "Goods in the Shop." He is noted for his church silver and one of the rare early standing salts.

  • Caudle cup, c 1695
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 1"
    d: 7/8" (base)
    wt: 13 dwt
    Engraved on bottom ES for Elizabeth Storer

  • He was a partner about 1696-1702 with John Allen in Boston MA as ALLEN & EDWARDS 4
  • Boston MA, 1697: with his partner, John Allen, sued silversmith Jonathan Belcher for monies lent him and clothing provided to him "on account." Belcher was probably serving as a journeyman to the firm. 9

  • Cup by Samuel Haugh, c 1698
    Private Collection
    h: 3 1/8"
    wt: 6 oz
    Engraved E over I * S over (later) 1746.

  • Bellied cann by ALLEN & EDWARDS, c 1700
    Private Collection
    h: 4 1/8"
    wt: 6 oz, 4 dwt

  • Spout cup by ALLEN & EDWARDS, c 1700
    Detroit Institute of Art
    h: 5 1/4"
    Engraved with the Dudly family crest in a shell and scroll cartouche.

  • Caudle cup, 1706
    Worcester Art Museum
    h: 5 1/2"
    d: 3 1/16" (of base)
    Engraved on shoulder "Ex dono / Dm Johannis George / 1706" and "C over B I" for Reverend Benjamin and Jane (Clark) Coleman. The cup was given to Coleman when he recieved George's daughter into the Battle Street Church on 04 August 1706.

  • Cup, c 1710
    Private Collection
    h: 2 1/2"

  • Spout cup, c 1710-1715
    Winterthur Library
    h: 4 5/8"
    wt 5 oz, 1/3 dwt

  • Cup, c 1713
    Yale University 13
    h: 5 3/4"
    d: 3" (base)
    Engraved "The Gift of Lievt Daniel White." This cup was purchased for the sum of 4 bequeathed to the First Congregational Church of Hatfield MA in the donor's will. The design is apparently unique.

  • Tankard, c 1715-1720
    Yale University 13
    h: 6 7/8"
    d: 4 3/4" (base)
    wt: 24 oz, 12 dwt
    Engraved "The GIFT / of / MIRIAM CLARK / to / BENJ : CLARK / 1748" After his death in 1747, Miriam (Kilby) Clark received one-third of her husband's considerable quantity of plate of which this tankard, given to her son, was a part.

  • Spout cup, c 1715
    Private Collection
    h: 4 7/8"
    wt: 7 oz
    Engraved W over I S. The mug by Edwards shown below is engraved with the same monogram. Dating circa 1720, it was made for Jacob Wendell and Sarah (Oliver) Wendell, who married on August 12, 1714, and it is likely that they were the owners of this spout cup as well.

  • Mug, c 1720
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 4 1/8"
    d: 3 9/16" (base)
    wt: 7 oz, 16 dwt
    Engraved "W over I S" for Jacob and Sarah (Oliver) Wendall.

  • Child's cup, c 1720
    Moore Collection at Providence College 23
    h: 2 5/8"
    d: 2 1/2" (bottom)
    wt: 2.945 oz
    Marked by both Samuel Gray and John Edwards.

  • Flagon, c 1726
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1
    h:. 13 3/16"
    Engraved with the Dummer crest in a cartouche and with the inscription "The Gift of the Honble. William Dummer Esqr. / to the first Church in Boston, 1726." One of only two known flagons by Edwards (other also at Boston)
  • Obituary printed in the Boston Evening Post (Boston MA) on 14 Apr 1846
    "John Edwards, goldsmith, a Gentleman of a very fair Character and well respected by all that knew him, died Apri 8, 1746, aged 75 years."

John married Sybil Newman on 29 Oct 1694 in Boston MA. (Sybil Newman was born on 10 Mar 1670 in Wenham MA and died in 1739.)

John next married Abigail Fowle, daughter of Isaac Fowle and Beriah Bright, on 26 Aug 1740 in Boston MA. (Abigail Fowle was born on 7 Aug 1679 in Charlestown MA and died in 1771 in Charlestown MA.)

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