• Silver spoons by Joseph Anthony, Jr., 1791
    Knox purchased these silver spoons from Joseph Anthony, Jr., of Philadelphia in 1791. Anthony moved to Philadelphia from Rhode Island in 1782, and worked alone as a silversmith until 1808. From 180-914 the firm was listed in the Philadelphia directories as Joseph Anthony and Son. The spoons are engraved with the initials HLK, and bear the mark J.Anthony in script on the back of the handles. They are listed in the inventory taken at Lucy Flucker Knox Thatcher’s death in 1854, and are possibly the spoons mentioned in Caroline Flucker Smith’s 1904 will.
    Obviously Henry Knox was amassing a collection of silver from a number of different makers during the last months of 1791. However, it was to Joseph Anthony, Jr. that Knox was to frequently return over the next few years, according to the financial papers at the Maine Historical Society. Anthony charged him for several items, such as plated salts, dinner knives and forks, plated goblets, a backgammon table, and chess pieces.
    Donated to Montpelier by Henry Thatcher Fowler
    Accession number: E-I-07
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    Henry Knox Papers, Collection 166 of the Maine Historical Society
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