A couple of examples of the work of the Gateshead silversmith Thomas Robinson I:
Large teaspoons, 5 5/8" (14cm) in length. Fiddle pattern. Assayed at Newcastle in 1832.
Thomas Robinson was the son of a Gateshead blacksmith also named Thomas Robinson, he was apprenticed to Robert Scott II for seven years as from the 8th August 1791. Robert Scott died in 1793 and Thomas Robinson completed his training under the guidence of Thomas Watson, and upon completion of his term is thought to have continued working for Watson as a journeyman until setting up business on his own account at Oakwellgate, High Street, Gateshead in 1826.
Although Thomas Robinson's career on his own account was fairly long at twenty years (1826-46), he only had 1400 ounces of silver assayed during that period.
Thomas Robinson I died at Oakwellgate on the 1st June 1853, aged 77 years. He served as Warden to the Newcastle Company on two occasions (1833/34, 1842/43).
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