Silver Bowl
Touch Mark of Adam Lynn (1775-1835)
Alexandria, Virginia
Circa 1800
4 ¾” tall 6 ½” diameter

Adam Lynn’s work was of a very high quality and sophisticated in execution and design.  His engraving was also of exceptional quality.   His clients included Washington, Custis, Lewis and Alexander families among many other prominent area patrons.

The first recorded example of Adam Lynn’s work as an engraver or silversmith is his signature on a musical diagram signed “A Lynn Sculp” that appeared in a 1793 publication Columbian Harmony. Lynn would have been 18 years old at the time and most likely an apprentice silversmith Edward Sanford known locally for his engraving.  His first advertisement as an independent silversmith appeared June 17, 1795 when he announced his partnership with Josiah Coryton in the clock, watchmaking,    This would be the first of many partnerships, joint ventures and wide ranging investments – with varying success – over Lynn’s long career.  Over the years Lynn advertised silver, jewelry, hardware for sale in a range of enterprises in which he was involved, including part ownership of the ship, United States. Excellent overall condition.

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