Brothers John and Peter Targee were listed in the New York city directories from 1809-14. Peter Targee died in 1814 and the firm was bought out by an apprentice, William Gale, in 1821. The mark of John and Peter Targee is accompanied with pseudo hallmarks including a ship with billowing sail (or the letter P) . This pseudo hallmark is also found on work by silversmith John Vernon, whom Targee may have succeeded. See Deborah Dependahl Waters, Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City, 2000, pp. 399-403 and 425-431.