Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg craftsman George Beatty. Beatty seems to have focused mainly on clocks, and his silver generally bears the "Philadelphia Eagle" manufacturer's mark, thought to have been in use between 1825 and 1850. Biographical information on Mr. Beatty follows the description of this piece. This spoon is engraved "R.McClure" in period script and has good legible mark. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear, a bright surface, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of early Harrisburg silver! George Beatty (middle name possibly Washington) was the youngest son born to James and Alice Irwin Beatty in the townland of Bally-Keel Ednagonnell, county Down, Ireland, in 1781. In the summer of 1784 James Beatty brought his family to America where they settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. James Beatty purchased a number of lots in Harrisburg and became quite prominent. He held several official positions under the borough charter. His property remained in the possession of his descendants following his death in 1794. George Beatty received a regular school education, and later worked with his brother-in-law, Samuel Hill, from whom he learned clock and watch making. Referred to as an "ingenious mechanician," George is remembered for his clocks of "peculiar and rare invention." It was presumably this business in which he was active for more than 40 years. However, he was also, in the 1840s, a co-partner with John Heimer in a brick-making business. According to one of his three wives, Mr. Beatty had black hair and dark hazel eyes. George Beatty served as a Sergeant in Captain Walker's Company in the PA Militia, Aug 29, 1814 - Dec 3, 1814. In his early years, George served a term as director of the poor with responsibility for assessing taxes for the welfare of the poor and securing housing and employment for them, and also held the position of county auditor. For several years he served as a member of the town council; in that capacity he was a leader in efforts to supply Harrisburg with water. On March 10, 1862, at age 81, Beatty died in Harrisburg and was buried in the Harrisburg Cemetery.