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Andrew Tyler
(bef 1692-1741)
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George Tyler

  • Born: 23 Sep 1755, Dedham MA

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  • He worked from 1778 to 1785 as a silversmith in Boston MA shop at No. 15 Cornhill where he had showcases inside and out. Platework, punch ladles, boatswain's calls, spurs, shoe, knee and stock buckles were all part of his stock. Samuel Davis was apprenticed to him to learn the art of making jewelry, engraving, and seal-cutting. Mr. Vent [perhaps John Vent], native of Halle, Germany, was employed as journeyman. In 1785, when Tyler embarked in navigation, he gave his apprentice the remainder of his time. Davis speaks with respect of Tyler's "uniform good will and kindness." According to Davis' Memoirs, during the six years of his apprenticeship to Tyler, "buckles and many peculiar articles of the trade have ceased to be worn at all." 3
  • Master to Samuel Davis Apr 1779-1785 in Boston MA. 1 At No. 15 Cornhill. Mr. Tyler did not require his apprentices to work at night -a custom prevalent at the time- so Davis spent his leisure hours in "improvement of his mind." He contributed poetry, etc. to the Columbian Centinel. While learning the silversmith trade, he also learned how to play the German flute from Mr. Vent, a journeyman in the shop. He was particularly interested in engraving and described himself as being second to none before he was of age- excepting [Joseph] Callender, [Joseph] Loring, and [Paul] Revere in this specialized art.

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