Sunday, September 02, 2012

American Name Labels, Part Six

It is my hope that someone will eventually use the information from this six part series , do more thorough research and  write a book about American Name Labels. If you want to send me additional scans for inclusion they would be most welcome.

I recommend A Dictionary of Colonial American Printers' Ornaments & Illustrations
By Elizabeth Carroll Reilly for help in identifying 18th century American printers.I will be studying it for clues about some of the puzzling name labels in this series and will keep you updated.

I have already received several emails about this series from fellow collectors.This one in particular may be correct:

"I suspect that Ann Franklin, Benjamin Morris and William Peachey may be from UK, but we must see,
A great series,"

John R.Plater (woodblock by  Thomas Sparrow)

Initials F.G. above the Sparrow signature are for the printer Frederick Green.
The link below is about Maryland currency engraved by Sparrow,

Norton Porter ,Westmoreland, 1797

One of the first physiciams in Oneida County , New York

George Shaw,Cabinet Maker Philadelphia 1780

18th century furniture labels are quite scarce. In this instance the owner had a dual purpose label.
He used it on the furniture he made and in his books.
An excellent reference book with many furniture labels illustrated is American Cabinet Makers  by William C. Ketchum Jr.

Alexander Smyth, Attorney at Law, Virginia

In this instance biographical information was easily obtained. Here is a link:

Charles Stockbridge (Allen#829)

Joseph Teel, Newbury Port July 97

Gulielmi Thompson , Philadelphia ,1801

Martin Van Buren (Allen # 87

Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. Before his presidency, he was the eighth Vice President and the tenth Secretary of State, under Andrew Jackson. Wikipedia
BornDecember 5, 1782, Kinderhook
DiedJuly 24, 1862, Kinderhook
Presidential termMarch 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841

That's the end of the series. See you next Sunday.

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