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American Silversmiths

Benjamin Tanner
Joanna Lewis
John Tanner
(1713-bef 1783)


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John Tanner

  • Born: 1713, Westerly RI
  • Died: bef 22 Jan 1783, Newport RI

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  Events in his life were:

  • Alternate Mark
  • According to Governor and Council Records, refers to himself as Newport goldsmith in petition of 1768. Deacon of Seventh Day Baptist Meetinghouse where in 1773 had Ten Commandments in gold letters put up in the pulpit where they are still preserved. A Newport Historical Society Magazine states that he was among the leading silversmiths of Newport when that town possessed more capital than New York and thus supported substantial silver-work. In his will, which he made in 1776 after the death of his first wife, he bequeathed many substantial pieces of silver to Newport church and relatives. Death notice carried in Newport Mercury of Jan. 22, 1785. 3

  • Cream pot, c 1740
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 4 1/8"
    wt: 3 oz, 13 1/2 dwt
    Engraved "IA / to / BA" for Job and Bridget (Sanford) Almy.
  • Appointed in 1763 as Town Treasurer in Newport RI 3
  • Appointed from 1765 to 1771 as Justice of the Peace in Newport RI 3
  • Master to Joseph Rogers abt 1766 in Newport RI. 3
  • Master to Daniel Rogers abt 1766 in Newport RI. 3
  • He was a partner c 1775 with Joseph Rogers or Daniel Rogers in Newport RI as TANNER & ROGERS. 3
  • Appointed in 1776 as Council of War in Newport RI 3

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