Hi to all,
I have been researching these buttons for 7 years now and could really do with a little help, Ideally looking for similar items with the touch mark of the silversmith IP within a rectangle.
About these buttons.
I bought them off a gentleman from Connecticut, there are 6 large buttons and 6 smaller buttons. They are slightly naÃ¯ve in their manufacture, what I mean by this is the placing of the loop being off centre on some and the soldering allowed to run without being filed or cleaned off, these I believe are a small town silversmith's work.
At some point these buttons have been engraved with a mirrored cypher on the larger buttons, RH/HR. On the smaller buttons these are engraved with just the initials RH, the silversmith I would guarantee is not the engraver, the engraving is very well done compared to the finish on the back of the buttons.
Have researched many marks without a good match, or within the date frame for this type of engraving, this type of cypher engraving was as a specialist told me (used mostly in the 17th century and ended roughly 1720's to 1730's) naturally he cannot be exact, so within this time frame I am having trouble finding another IP touch mark in the books.
Now this could be a 1 in a million chance, but here it goes, so far from my research to date I have come up with a Job Prince, first silversmith of Milford in Connecticut, 1699-1703/4. There is a mention of twelve silver buttons being traded with the merchant Thomas Clark of Milford, this is recorded in Clark's account's book, he dealt with Job over the years Job was in Milford. What I have been trying to do is find this account's book or a copy of it, as this may shed light on where or what the silver buttons were sewn on and furthermore, maybe the owner of the article. The I.P on the pepper box's attributed to Job Prince have now really been dismissed as not his, they are most likely to be by a specialist in pepper box's, so Job's mark is still unknown?
As for providence? I am unable to find the seller of the buttons to me, his email is no longer valid, where does one go from here? There is a distinct lack of colonial silver buttons that I am able to compare them with, any collectors with samples I could see would be very welcome.
The sizes of the buttons are:- Large button 26mm diameter. Smaller button 18mm
Any input would be gratefully received
Steve- From the UK.
Not the best on computers, having trouble downloading pictures, if you want to have a look here is Google address I pasted them on, https://plus.google.com/114943512961775 ... PUwphbFKkn
Hope it works!!!