Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Table Fork by William Brady
Offered is a very fine and heavy American coin silver table fork by William Brady, circa 1850-57.
Brady is not well known, but luckily his obituary, which gives good information, was published in the July 22, 1879 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph:
"William Brady. The last of five brothers, all well - known, and each highly esteemed in the business circle in which he moved in this city the last of these brothers died last night. William Brady, the subject of this brief sketch, was the youngest son of Dennis Brady, a name well - known to the older portion of the citizens of Harrisburg. Dennis Brady had five sons Patrick, Daniel, John, James and William now all dead, William and John having died within this year. William Brady became a jeweler and watchmaker in Philadelphia, where he served a regular period in acquiring a knowledge of the business. He went to Pottsville early in the decade of 1850, where he remained until 1857, when he removed to this city, and opened a jewelry, watch and silver ware establishment, in which business he continued until his death. About a year ago he had a paralytic stroke, by which he lost his speech, but was not otherwise affected. A second stroke terminated his life. Deceased was a man of strict business habits, very popular with those who knew mm, and in all respects correct in his personal habits. His death removes out of the business circles of Harrisburg a very valuable citizen."
He was involved in the partnership of 'Brady & Elliott' around 1853, and silver bearing the name of that partnership survives.
This fine and heavy table fork measures about 7 3/16 inches and weighs about 50 grams. It is engraved in period script with the name Hummel - given the small size of the Pottsville community at the time, the probably identity of the original owning family may be ascertainable. Condition is excellent, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of small-town Pennsylvania coin silver!