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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 161

    A RARE SILVER PUNCH BOWL

    MARK OF SIMEON SOUMAINE, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SILVER PUNCH BOWL
    MARK OF SIMEON SOUMAINE, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1745
    Circular, on molded circular foot, the bowl with flared rim, the body engraved with a coat-of-arms, crest and motto, the base engraved A over I I, marked under base; also with scratch weight 10..8..12
    6¼ in. diameter; 9 oz.


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    The monogram I and I A is that of Joseph and Jane Arthur of New York

    Philadelphia-born Ebenezer Hazard (1744-1817) married Abigail Arthur in 1783. She was the daughter of Captain Joseph Arthur and his wife, Jane Chevalier, whose initials appear on the base of the Soumaine bowl. Hazard was a businessman, government official, scholar and publisher whose greatest contribution to the nation was the publication of Historical Collections from 1792-1794. This two-volume work became the primary source of historical documents in the following century. Hazard understood the value of historical documents and had the foresight to secure and preserve them.

    Hazard also served as the Postmaster of New York City during the Revolution and Postmaster General until 1789 when the Post Office was established by the Constitution. He was an efficient manager, instituting stage-coach delivery to replace the old horse-and-rider method. In his government position, Hazard traveled widely and was able to collect and copy many documents relating to the formation of the Colonies and the young nation. Upon his retirement as Postmaster General, he was employed by Philadelphia's Universal Tontine, later the Insurance Company of North America, and returned to his scholarly pursuits. Although Historical Collections was a financial failure, Hazard's role in safeguarding documents and promoting historical scholarship for future researchers was invaluable (George Pilcher, "Ebenezer Hazard and the Promotion of Historical Scholarship in the Early Republic," Pennsylvania History, January 1989, pp. 3-14).


    CAPTION: Abigail Arthur Hazard (1759-1820), by James Sharples
    Private Collection

    Provenance

    Captain Joseph Arthur (1715-1766), m. Jane Chevalier (b.c. 1722)
    Abigail Arthur, daughter (1759-1820), m. Ebenezer Hazard (1744-1817)
    Elizabeth Breese Hazard, daughter (1786-1861), m. secondly Rev. Thomas Edward Vermilye (1803-1893)
    Elizabeth Breese Vermilye, daughter (1825-1894), m. Edward Smith (1814-1878)
    Thomas Edward Vermilye Smith, son (1854-1922), m. 1890 Alison Given Moore
    Edward Leffingwell Smith, son (1893-1971), m. Edna Tuthill (1894-1972)
    Thence by descent to grandchildren, present owners


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER