Paul Revere (1735-1818)
Mr. Williams was one of Revere’s best jewelry customers in 1862. He bought a gold necklace for £2.10.8, with a locket costing seventeen shillings; one odd gold button worth five shillings and four pence; a pair of spectacle frames and glasses for three shillings; some silver spoons costing a little over two pounds; and a turtle shell ring lined with gold for nine shillings.1
When the American Revolution began, Revere was a key figure and at the time was making silverware and engraving prints. At the end of the eighteenth century, Revere (himself a Mason) was making complete sets of Masonic jewelry as each officer now had a symbolic jewel. Upon the death of George Washington, he was commissioned by the Free Masons of Massachusetts to make a small gold urn to hold a lock of the president’s hair. That urn is still in use by the Mason’s today.
- Fales, Martha Gandy. Jewelry in America 1600-1900: Woodbridge, Suffolk England: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1995.
- Fales p.63