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American Silversmiths

Joseph Kirk
(1766-1829)
Grace Child
(1765-)
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Samuel Kirk
(1793-1872)

 

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Albina Powell

Samuel Kirk

  • Born: 15 Feb 1793, Doylestown PA
  • Marriage: Albina Powell on 18 Mar 1817 in Baltimore MD
  • Died: 6 Jul 1872, Baltimore MD

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  Events in his life were:


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  • Alternate Mark

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  • Kirk is best known for the extensive use of repousse, an ancient technique that had fallen out of fashion during the Colonial period. Kirk's revival of repousse was so innovative, both stylistically and technically, that it set the style for fine silver all over the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. In recent years many people have disparaged Kirk repousse as being an example of late Victorian exuberance; however, Samuel Kirk's repousse designs date as early as 1826 and were so influential that "Maryland Silver" was long the popular name for this repousse style, no matter where or by whom a piece had been made. It should also be pointed out that Samuel Kirk make exemplary pieces of silver in other styles as well. 30
  • He was a partner from 1815 to 1820 with John Smith in Baltimore MD from shop at 30 Baltimore Street. 30
  • He worked from 1820 to 1826 as a silversmith in Baltimore MD at 30 Baltimore Street. 30

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  • Urn, 1820-1830
    Private Collection
    h: 15 1/2"
    wt: 64 oz
  • He worked from 1826 to 1830 as a silversmith in Baltimore MD from new shop at 140 Baltimore Street. 30

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  • Receipt, 16 Oct 1826
    Winterthur Library

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  • Hot milk jug, 1828
    Baltimore Museum Art 30
    h: 7 3/8"
    d: 2 13/16" (base)
    wt: 15 oz, 15 dwt
    Marked with 1828 assay marks. The hot milk jug is a rare form in American silver and this is an unusually early example of fully-devloped scenic repossé work.
  • He worked from 1831 to 1846 as a silversmith in Baltimore MD from shop at 144 Baltimore Street. 30

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  • He was a partner from 1846 to 1861 with Henry Child Kirk in Baltimore MD as S. KIRK & SON at 172 Baltimore Street. 30

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  • Alternate Mark for S. KIRK & SON

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  • Alternate Mark for S. KIRK & SON
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Baltimore MD, listed as a silversmith.

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  • Advertised in the Baltimore Directory, 1852, 30

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  • Lable, 1861-1868
    Private Collection

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  • Receipt from Samuel Kirk & Son, 1868
    Maryland Historical Society

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  • He was a partner from 1868 to 1870 with Henry Child Kirk in Baltimore MD as S. KIRK & SON at 172 Baltimore Street. 30

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  • Hot water kettle on stand, c 1870
    Private Collection
    h:13.1/8"
    wt: 67.4 troy oz
    From the assembled repossee tea service owned by Anna (Hall) Roosevelt and passing to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.


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  • He was a partner from 1870 to 1896 with Henry Child Kirk and Henry, Jr. in Baltimore MD as S. KIRK & SON. 30

Samuel married Albina Powell on 18 Mar 1817 in Baltimore MD. (Albina Powell was born on 28 Oct 1796 in Philadelphia PA and died on 23 Dec 1865.)




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