American, 1711 - 1784


Date: 1773

These silver beakers, made by Philadelphia Quaker silversmith Joseph Richardson Sr., represent the traditional, yet fashionable, sort of vessel that was the mainstay of his artistic production. Richardson was the son of silversmith Francis Richardson (1681–1729), who was born in New York City into a wealthy and well-connected Quaker family with English roots. Silversmithing was an art and trade that Francis chose over more socially advantageous pursuits, such as medicine or the law.

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Medium: Silver

Inscriptions: Engraved with cipher of “RW” in floret on the front face of both beakers and marked “IR” (for Joseph Richardson) in roman letters in a rectangle on the base of one and on the foot ring of the other.

Dimensions: H: 4 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 0786.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Silver - American

Tags: Silver , Beaker

Always in the family of the original owner, as inherited by Julian Wood- Glass Jr. On loan to Preservation of Historic Winchester June, 1993 to October, 1993 for exhibit entitled " West of the Blue Ridge."