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Benjamin Burt

  • Born: 29 Dec 1729, Boston MA
  • Died: 9 Oct 1805, Boston MA

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  • He enjoyed a long and prolific career as a noted goldsmith, being selected to lead the goldsmiths in 1800 in the memorial procession which followed the death of Washington. Hannah Crocker in her reminiscences described him as "a respectable goldsmith . . . he weighed three hundred and eighty pounds, was a very pleasant man . . . . He owned the estate, lived and died in the house in Fish Street." At his death in 1805 at age 74, he bequeathed to Samuel Waters "all my Goldsmith's working tools now in my shop," having himself bought tools from the widow of Zachariah Brigden in 1787. His total estate was appraised at $4,788.52, including "207 Oz. 15 dwt. of silver." 3
  • Apprenticed about 1742 to John Burt in Boston MA 1
  • Apprenticed in 1745 to Samuel and William Burt in Boston MA 1
    Continuing his training after the death of his father, John Burt

  • Caster, c 1750
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 5 5/16"
    d: 1 3/4" (base)
    wt: 3 oz, 14 dwt
    Engraved RDM for Richard and Mary (Hodges) Derby.

  • Teapot, 1757
    Private Collection 20
    h: 5 1/8"
    Engraved on base M:y Derby for Mary Derby who married George Crowninshield.

  • Sauce boat, c 1760
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 4 3/4" (including handle)
    l: 7 13/16" (including handle)
    wt: 11 oz, 1/2 dwt
    One of a non-identical pair. Engraved RDM for Richard and Mary (Hodges) Derby.

  • Receipt, 27 Dec 1764
    Winterthur Library
  • Master to Joseph Foster 1774-1781 in Boston MA. 4 And, in his will, left ". . . to my trusty friend Joseph Foster of Boston, Goldsmith one hundred dollars." Foster was sole executor of Burt's estate.
  • Master to Samuel Waters abt 1786 in Boston MA. 9 To whom Burt left "all his Goldsmiths working tools now in my shop."

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