Humble silver is transformed into gleaming artistry in the Silversmith's shop. Colonial silversmith required talent of an artisan.
The 18th-century silversmith was thought of as someone akin to a sculptor. Both had to know how to shape their materials with artistic talent, taste, and design.
A contemporary observed that the silversmith was:
"employed in making all manner of utensils . . . either for Ornament or Use. His work is either performed in the Mould, or beat into Figure by the Hammer."
Paul Revere, Silversmith, 1776
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