Silver Bowl, Alexandria, Adam Lynn

Silver Bowl ~Faceted

Touch Mark of Adam Lynn (1775-1835)

Alexandria, Virginia

Circa 1800

4 ¾” tall 6 ½” diameter


Commentary:  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.


Lynn also speculated extensively in real estate which seems to have been the cause of his financial ruin in 1822 when all of his notes were called and all of his property was sold to meet his debts.  Despite his financial reversals, Lynn seems to have retained the good will of his neighbors, serving as a justice of the peace, officer in the county militia and vestryman of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.


The son of Adam and Catherine Lynn, Adam Lynn’s father was a colonel in the Revolutionary army and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.  His father had been an Alexandria resident since 1762 and was a successful merchant and businessman.


Condition:   Excellent overall condition.


Price: $5,950.

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