Alexander Kelty---A Rare Newcastle Maker

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Alexander Kelty---A Rare Newcastle Maker

Postby dognose » Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:19 pm

Hi,

I just thought I'd post these photos of Alexander Kelty's spoons as examples of his work are rarely seen.

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Kelty opened his shop in Dean Street, Newcastle in 1802 and submitted his first items for assay in 1803, the last silver pieces from him were assayed in 1805.

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It was another six years before he had anything assayed again, in 1811 he entered one batch of gold rings.

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Alexander Kelty retired in 1812.

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Postby buckler » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:57 am

Thanks - I've never seen the mark. Very rare as his actual Newcastle assayed production was low - less than 500 oz- so these spoons are quite a high proportion of his work ! Not unusual for Newcastle silversmiths - I have a buckle by Patrick Beatch which probably similarly represents about 1% of his entire output of 83 ounces !

According to Margaret Gill, Alexander Kelty advertised himself as coming "from the Minories, London". However I have found no references to him in Grimwade and can only assume he was a journeyman in the City and entered no London marks. He is not recorded as a Freeman of the Newcastle Guild.

As one of his children was baptised in 1806, one died in 1805 and another in 1807 we may assume him to be quite young when he retired in 1812.

Incidently Gill gives the name as KELTY

Does anyone know anything about his prior career in London please ?
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Postby dognose » Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:22 am

Hi Clive,

Many thanks for the extra information, lets hope someone comes up with some details of an earlier (or later, if younger than assumed) career.

I have corrected the misspelling, my fault entirely, I think a trip to the opticians is on the cards.

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Postby dognose » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:44 pm

Bearing in mind the unusual name of Kelty, I wonder if there is a connection here.

Link to the Trade Card of Love & Kelty:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/s ... _id=404855

I also wondered if there might be a connection with George Love (Grimwade 844, 1312). Buckler has researched the will of George Love who died in 1773, but found no mention of him having children.

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Postby dognose » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:50 am

The pencil date of 1814 on the top of the mount of the above trade card would appear to be correct. Period London directories show that before this date No 6, Old Bond Street was the home of Love & Co., 1814-Love & Kelty, 1817 Christopher Love.

Alexander Kelty was last heard of in Newcastle in 1812, a return to London at the 1814 date would be a good fit.

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Postby MCB » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:39 am

Hello Trev & Clive,

An Alexander Kelty appears on the 1841 UK Census at Willesden. He is said to be about 60 years old, of independent means and living with his wife Alice also around 60 years old. What makes the entry interesting, apart from the fact that he is the only one of that name coming up in the searches, is that a William Packer (his son in law?) a silversmith also lives with him.
There is an entry on the Edinburgh AO website for a Patrick Beech (aka Veitch) with dates of 1762-78 who had been an apprentice of James Welsh. A connection to Patrick Beatch of Newcastle seems possible.

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Mike
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Re: Alexander Kelty---A Rare Newcastle Maker

Postby dognose » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:13 pm

A bankruptcy notice appeared in the 'Newcastle Courant' of the 18th March 1820 for Alexander Kelty, Jeweller and Silversmith, of Colenade, Pall Mall, Middlesex.

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Re: Alexander Kelty---A Rare Newcastle Maker

Postby dognose » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:40 am

A mere snippet, but worth adding to the topic.

Contained within the University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library are the Senhouse family papers. In the listing of those papers there is the note:

"a receipt to Mrs. Wood from Alexander Kelty, jeweller, 15 Dec 1805"

See: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/Record.aspx? ... &id=XMS314

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Re: Alexander Kelty---A Rare Newcastle Maker

Postby silverly » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:54 pm

16 November 1777 Alexander son of James Keltie a sailor in Lewisburn and Isobella was baptized at Newcastle upon Tyne, Carlisle Street Chapel. (A record that may apply).

22 May 1804 Alexander Kelty bachelor of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the County of Northumberland married Alice Warburton a spinster of Saint Mary Magdalen, Richmond Upon Thames where the ceremony took place.


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