Clement Beecher designs in collections and historical information (2016)
An artdesigncafe / Design Meriden resource.
In 1801, [he] advertised in [the] Connecticut Courant that he was in the "Gold and silversmithing business: likewise brass founding, in Berlin, opposite the Academy." ... In 1818 he was living in Cheshire on a farm on the road leading to Milldale. At one time he conducted his business in that town under the name Clement Beecher & Co. ... He called his shop and farm the "New Jerusalem." ... Many specimens of his work have been found marked C. B., particularly among the older families of the district."— Excerpt from George Munson Curtis’s Early silver of Connecticut and its makers (1913), (pp. 84-5). (See entry below.)
A. Clement Beecher designs in collections
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c. 1805-1825 - 12 spoons
Clement Beecher. (c. 1805-1825). Spoons (12 examples). Silver. (Accession nos. 1985.86.66; 1985.87.234-7; 19188.8.131.52-.2; 1992.63.4; 19184.108.40.206-.4. Viewed 28 March 2016. A00182.)
1810-20 - tablespoon
Clement Beecher. (1810-20). Tablespoon. Silver. (Accession no. 1962.0240.964. Viewed 28 March 2017. A01825.)
B. Clement Beecher - historical information
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1913 - secondary source
Curtis, George Munson. (1913). On Clement Beecher, (pp. 84-5). In Early silver of Connecticut and its makers. International Silver Co.: Meriden, CT. (See excerpt above.)
1948 - secondary source
Ensko, Stephen G. C. (1948). Clement Beecher listing, (p. 23). In Robert Ensko’s American silversmiths and their marks III. Robert Ensko, Inc.: New York. (Viewed 23 August 2017. G00012-13.)
Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver makers from the Meriden area, listed on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".
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