Marked twice – “J Adam” for John Adam (1775-1848)
13.5″ x 4″
Three generations of the Adam family worked as silversmiths in Alexandria, Virginia during the eighteen and nineteenth centuries. John Adam followed in the footsteps of his father James, (d.1798) and was succeeded by his son William Wallace Adam (1817-1877). A fourth generation took over the business upon the death of W. W. Adam but seem to have been retailers rather than artisans. John Adam was probably trained by his father and is believed to have marked his own work as early as 1799. By1803 he was established on King Street and remained there throughout his career. Adam was active in civic affairs and an officer in the local Masonic Lodge founded by Washington.