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Robert Wilson Sr. Early 19th Century Heavy Coin Silver Plate

Robert Wilson Sr. Early 19th Century Heavy Coin Silver Plate
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$225.00

The name Wilson is deeply entwined with the history of Philadelphia silver dating from the first half of the 19th century, and that story began with Robert Wilson Senior (1766-1824) and continued through two more generations.

This item is double stamped "R.W" for the progenitor, Robert, who Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths notes, was "probably born in Scotland, [and] was listed as a silversmith in New York City directories 1803-10, then settled in Philadelphia in 1812."

This example of his work is a 6 1/4" diameter, extremely heavy at 7.1 T. oz., rimmed plate with a gadrooned or thickly beaded border.

An impressive piece, it likely was made for a landed family, given first its quality (and implied original cost considering especially the weight), and secondly the two engraved crests that appear on the edges, one a five point crown and the second a boar's head, both of which point to a family that was conscious of its position, status, or heritage.

The center has an "FS" lined script monogram, the style of which suggests it was a later addition, circa 1900.

It also has a "7 * 10" inscribed on the underside, which may have been an inventory number, supporting the notion that it was part of a set.

All in all a noteworthy artifact surviving from the early post American Federalist period, originating from a well-regarded silversmith with a linkage to two major urban centers of the time, it has the added merit of being in very good condition.

Free of any essential wear, such as bends, breaks or cracks, or dulling of the engraving, it does show surface scratches consistent with age, and it has two dimples on the inner slope of the rim. The base remains flat but rocks very slightly.

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