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22 May 2001
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
REVERE, Paul (1735-1818), American Patriot. Autograph document signed ("Paul Revere & Son"), Boston, 31 August 1803. 1 page, an oblong, 2 1/8 x 7 inches, half of seal, fine.
REVERE RECEIVES PAYMENT FROM THE UNITED STATES NAVY. Paul Revere, whose ride achieved everlasting fame as the subject of a Longfellow poem, returned to his occupation as a silversmith upon the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. He was a master artisan who expanded his trade by crafting products of brass and copper. The United States Navy was one of his regular customers. Revere supplied metal fittings for the construction of the famous ship Constitution. This note, written after the contract on "Old Ironsides," is a receipt of payment for an unknown item or items: "Received Boston August 31 1803 from Samuel (?) Esq Naval agent Boston nine hundred & seventy eight dollars & 75/100 in full for the above account for this which we have signed Duplicate Receipts."
The silver tea sets and decorative pieces that Revere crafted are probably his best known works. However, his handiwork made its mark elsewhere, such as on the steamboats constructed by Robert Fulton for which he supplied copper plating. Revere was also an inventor, creating a process for rolling sheet copper. Because of his skill as an artisan and his patriotic role in the Revolution, Revere was an honored citizen: "The quaint figure of the aged silversmith, who persisted in wearing the costumes of Revolutionary days throughout his life, was long a familar one on the streets of Boston"(DAB, VIII, pp. 515-516).
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