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American Silversmiths

Josiah Franklin
(1652-1745)
Abiah Folger
(1667-1752)
Robert Holmes
(1694-1743)
Mary Franklin
(1694-c 1730)
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William Holmes
(1716-1783)

 

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Rebecca Dawes

William Holmes

  • Born: 10 Jan 1716, Boston MA
  • Marriage: Rebecca Dawes
  • Died: 1783, Boston MA

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  Events in his life were:


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  • He worked from 1737 to 1763 as a silversmith in Boston MA passing the first two years as a journeyman in his master's shop. In 1763, he turned over his shop to his son, devoting himself to selling general merchandise and real estate speculation. 10

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  • Porringer, c 1740-1770
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 1 3/8"
    d: 4" (lip)
    l: 2 1/8" (handle)
    wt: 3 oz, 16 1/2 dwt
    Engraved I-Q / to / H-Q
    Given by Josiah Quincy to his daughter-in-law Hannah, wife of Samuel Quincy or their daughter Hannah Quincy.
  • Homes was an officer of the Artillery Company. Dow, in Arts & Crafts, cites an item in the Boston Gazette (July 21, 1752) reporting that "William Homes goldsmith, was attorney for John Franklin, executor of the estate of Josiah Franklin." 3
  • Master to William Holmes abt 1753 in Boston MA. 1 Who, after his term, continued to work in his father's shop, succeeding him c 1780.
  • Advertised in the Boston Gazette (Boston MA), 21 May 1759, "William Holmes. . . Goldsmith, near the Draw-Bridge." 3

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  • Punch bowl, 1763
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 4 7/8"
    d: 5 1/4" (base)
    d: 9 7/8" (lip)
    wt: 32 oz, 17 1/2 dwt
    Engraved with Dawes arms in scroll and foliate cartouche with drapery below on one side. Inscription on other side, within engraved and bright-cut medallion with instruments of war and British flags: The Gift / of the Field Officers and / Captains of the Regiment / of the Town of BOSTON. to / THOMAS DAWES Esqr / for his past Services as Ad- / jutant to said Re- / giment Sept. 13 / 1763.
    Thomas Dawes served as Senator, Moderator, and member of the Governor's Council. He was a builder and worked with the architect Charles Bulfinch. His will, probated on 02 Jan 1809, left ". . . to my Grandson Thomas Dawes Tertius after the decease of his Grandmother Dawes my Gold Watch and Silver Bowl, which was presented to me by the Officers of the Boston Regiment."

William married Rebecca Dawes. (Rebecca Dawes was born on 9 Mar 1717 in Boston MA and died in Jul 1786 in Boston MA.)




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