REVERE, Paul (1735-1818). Autograph document signed ("Paul Revere," with a second signature in text), headed "Benjamin Henderson to Paul Revere," comprising a statement of silver-smithing services rendered to Mr. Henderson, Boston, 21 October 1792. 1 page, 8vo, neatly mounted to a protective sheet, minor soiling.
A PATRIOT SILVERSMITH SUBMITS HIS ACCOUNTS: BELLS, SILVER THIMBLES AND A PEPPER BOX
Although he won renown as an engraver and operator of a metal foundry, "Revere began his work as a silversmith, and remained a silversmith--a very skilled one indeed--all his life" (Brigham). The present document relates directly to Revere's primary trade, that of silversmith. By their very nature, surprisingly few such lists and account records are still extant, most having been discarded as soon as the account was closed. Here, in a statement drawn up himself, Revere bills Benjamin Henderson of Boston for diverse services over the period September 1791 to April 1792. The charges, each dated, include "mending his bell," a "silver thimble," engraving a compote, "6 gold wires," "mending a pepper box," and "sundries out of shop." After adding in tax and deducting a partial payment on account, Revere is owed a total of £5.19s.7d. As he indicates at the bottom, by October Revere had "Received the above in full" We have traced only one similar document relating to Revere as silversmith at auction, sold in 1980.