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American Silversmiths

Nathan Hobbs
(1765-)
Lydia Child
(1768-)
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Nathan Hobbs
(1792-1868)

 

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Nathan Hobbs

  • Born: 1792, Weston MA
  • Died: 1868

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:


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  • Alternate Mark

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  • Alternate Mark
  • He worked from 1816 to 1860 as a silversmith and jeweler in Boston MA
    First listed in the city directory in 1816 as a jeweler at 32 Ann Street. From 1820 on he is listed as a silversmith, ending up at 16 Washington Street in 1845.

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  • Creamer, c 1820
    Private Collection 1
    h: 5 1/4"
    wt: 5 oz, 27 dwt

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  • Beaker (one of a pair), 1821
    Private Collection
    h: 4 1/8"
    wt: 11 oz, 8 dwt
    Engraved The Gift of Deacon Uriah Lincoln to the Church of Christ in Cohasset. 1821

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  • Cup, 1824
    Private Collection
    h: 4 1/8"
    w: 11 oz, 10 dwt (the pair)
    One of a pair, engraved "To the Church of Christ in Cohasset / This Cup is the Gift of the widow / Suzanna Lewis, it being the / proceeds of a Gold Medal, / from the King of Denmark to her late husband / Capt John Lewis. / 1824"
    A second pair of cups by Hobbs were given to the church in 1843 by her sister, Rebecca, widow of Levi Towner, who also recieved a gold medal.
    The "gold medal from the King of Denmark" which paid for these beakers was a recognition of one of the most noted shipwrecks on the Cohasset coast. On February 12, 1793, the Giertrude Maria was wrecked on a group of rocks called Brush Island. Of 400 tons, with a cargo estiamted at 40,000, she was on her way from Copenhagen to Boston. As the ship broke up, the sailors took refuge on the island. One was drowned trying to brave the surf, but the twenty-one others were rescued the next day by Cohasseters in small boats broght for the purpose. The townsfolk also managed to salvage a portion of the cargo, and provided a vessel for the sailors to continue to Boston. On the Captain's return to Denmark, his account inspired the Danish king , Christian VII, and the College of Commerce to award four gold medals and ten silver ones, with the King's likeness and the legend in Danish, "Reward of Merit - Noble Deeds."

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  • Watch paper, c 1833
    American Antiquarian Society
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Boston MA, listed as a jeweler.



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