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William Woodward Dennison
(1802-)
Sally M. Howell
(1809-1855)
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Edwin Nathan Denison
(1832-)

 

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Edwin Nathan Denison

  • Born: 23 Nov 1832, Groton CT

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked from circa 1850 to 1895 as a silversmith and jeweler in Westerly RI as E. N. DENISON & Co.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Westerly RI, listed as a jeweler.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Westerly RI, listed as a jeweler.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Westerly RI, listed as a jeweler.

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection

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  • Tradecard, c 1870
    Private Collection
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Hopkinton RI, listed as a jeweler.

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  • He was issued design patent number 20915 on 7 Jul 1891

    DESIGN FOR A SPOON, ETC.

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Be it known that I, Edwin Nathan Denison, a citizen of the United States, residing at Westerly, in the county of Washington and State of Rhode Island, have invented and produced a new and original Design for an Ornament on Spoons and other Articles, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof.
    The drawing is a face view of a spoon having the handle stamped or otherwise produced with my ornamental design in relief. This new and original design is intended for souvenir spoons.
    The leading features of my design consist in a representation of the configuration of the point of land known as "Watch Hill," in the State of Rhode Island, with the light-house and light-keeper's dwelling thereon. There is also shown thereon a view of a partially submerged wreck and boats in act of saving lives from said wreck. Below the view are the word ''Metis" and figures "1872," being the name of a lost vessel and the year of the disaster.
    I have shown this design with a bead border and gracefully-flowing scroll-work, with the addition on shank of spoon of the name "Watch Hill, R. I." but the novel and essential features of my design may be adopted without these accessories.
    My design is shown on the face of the broad portion of the handle of spoon; but it may be applied on any portion of spoons or on knives, forks, and generally on silver and silver-plated ware and on jewelry and all ornamented work. The words "Watch Hill" and "Metis" and the figures "1872" are not any parts of the ornamental design.
    I claim as my invention—
    The design for a spoon or like article herein shown and described.
    In testimony that I claim the invention above set forth I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

    EDWIN NATHAN DENISON.

    Witnesses:
    Mary Crowley
    Joseph J. Van Nortwick



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