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American Silversmiths

John Coney
(1628-1690)
Elizabeth Nash
(abt 1635-1687)
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John Coney
(1655-1722)

 

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Spouses/Children:

1. Sarah Blakeman
2. Mary Atwater

John Coney

  • Born: 5 Jan 1655, Boston MA
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Blakeman about 1683 in Boston MA
  • Marriage (2): Mary Atwater on 8 Nov 1694 in Boston MA
  • Died: 20 Aug 1722, Boston MA

  General notes:

Silversmith

  Events in his life were:


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  • Portrait: Private Collection.
  • He made objects for use in churches in MA and CT and for leading citizens in MA and NH. Several splendid examples of his work are associated with Harvard College, including two handsome grace cups, a pair of candlesticks, and a caudle cup believed to have inspired Oliver Wendell Holmes in his composing of "Ode on Lending a Punch Bowl." At the time of Coney's death, Paul Revere's father was still serving his apprenticeship, and a former apprentice Andrew Tyler was appointed to make a complete listing of tools in his shop. 3

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  • Mourning ring, 1683
    Private Collection
    d: 11/16"
    Engraved E:Dudley:Obit:1:feb:82/3. This ring, apparently the earliest known dated piece of marked American gold, commemorates the death on February 1, 1683, of Edward Dudley, the twelve-year-old son of Joseph Dudley, Colonial Governor of Massachusetts.

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  • Trencher salt, c 1690-1700
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 2 1/8"
    d: 3 5/16" (base)
    wt: 2 oz, 8 dwt
    Engraved SM for Sarah (Winslow) Middlecott

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  • Caudle cup, c 1690
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 5 5/8"
    d: 5 1/8" (base)
    wt: 26 oz, 17 1/2 dwt
    Engraved "M over I M" for John and Mary (Brattle) Mico. This cup eventually descended to Oliver Wendle Holmes and inspired his poem "On Lending a Punch Bowl." A mate to this cup is owned by Harvard and engraved with the Holyoke arms for Elizur Holyoke, who died in 1711 leaving "168 1/4 ounces of Plate @ 8/ the ounce."

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  • Spoon, c 1690-1700
    Private Collection
    l: 7 3/8"
    wt: 10 oz, 10 dwt
    Engraved MS for Mary Shrimpton, with H over I * E on reverse for her granddaughter Elizabeth (Cotton) Hastings. This is the fifth known spoon from this set. Three are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and one is in the Garvan Collection at Yale University.

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  • Pair of chafing dishes, c 1715
    Private Collection
    l: 12 1/8" (over handle)
    wt: 39 oz (pair)
    Engraved with a crest on side, likely for Thomas Hutchinson.

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  • Spout cup, c 1690-1710
    Winterthur Library
    h: 5 1/2"
    d: 3 1/2"
    wt: 8.23 oz
    Engraved "G over S E"

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  • Beaker, c 1692
    Yale University 13
    h: 6 3/4"
    d: 3 1/2" (base)
    wt: 10 oz, 15 dwt
    Made as a bequest to the First Congregational Church by Thomas Knowlton: "such a like one as that given to the church now in use, not under three pounds price."

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  • Tankard, 1695-1710
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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  • Sugar box, c 1700
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 5 1/2"
    w: 6 9/16"
    l: 8"
    wt: 22 oz, 17 1/2 dwt
    Engraved SG on clasp for Samuel Gardner

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  • Pepper pot, c 1700
    Private Collection
    h: 3 3/8"
    wt: 3 oz
    Engraved W for Michael Wigglesworth.

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  • Chocolate pot, c 1701
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts
    h: 8 1/16"
    d: 3 5/8" (of base)
    Commissioned by Sarah (Byfield) Taylor. William Soughton's will, executed July 6, 1701, left "Unto my niece Mrs Sarah Tailer I give as a particular remembrance of me twelve pounds to buy a piece of Plate". This is believed to be the earliest known American example.
  • Boston MA, 1702: commissioned to engrave plates for first paper money issued in MA. 3

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  • Candlestick (one of a pair), c 1710
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts 10
    h: 6 5/16"
    d: 3 15/16" (base)
    wt: 10 oz, 11 1/2 dwt
    Listed in the inventory of Benjamin Pickman, 1819. Coney's inventory listed two stick molds.

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  • Teapot, c 1710-1720
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    h: 7 9/16"
    w: 8 1/4"
    wt: 18 oz

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  • Standish, c 1715
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    w: 7 3/4"
    Engraved with the Belcher arms on cover of wafer box for Governor Jonathan Belcher.

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  • Chocolate pot, c 1715-1720
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts
    h: 9 1/2"
    w: 8 3/4"
    d: 3 1/4" (of base)
    Engraved C over W D ~ E for William Downes and Elizabeth (Edwards) Cheever, who married in 1749. The original owners are not known.

John married Sarah Blakeman about 1683 in Boston MA. (Sarah Blakeman was born on 25 Apr 1658 in Stratford CT and died on 17 Apr 1694 in Boston MA.)


John next married Mary Atwater on 8 Nov 1694 in Boston MA. (Mary Atwater was born on 15 Jan 1659 in Boston MA and died on 12 Apr 1726 in Boston MA.)




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