American Silversmiths

Joseph Robinson
(1777-1827)
Susanna Foulk
(1781-1868)
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Hannah Robinson
(1803-1878)

 

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Hannah Robinson
  • Born: 2 Feb 1803, Wilmington DE
  • Died: 1 Jul 1878, Wilmington DE

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in her life were:

  • She worked in 1840-1860 as a silversmith and jeweler in Wilmington DE from the shop of her brother at 91 Market Street. 8
  • She appeared on the 1860 census taken at Wilmington DE, listed as a jewelry store owner.
  • ,, . 53 The only known woman silversmith of Delaware from 1700 to 1850. Pieces marked H. Robinson incised were made by Hannah Robinson, while the H. Robinson incuse was probably her dealer's stamp.
    After teaching school, she succeeded her brother, John F. Robinson in the silver and jewelry business in his Market Street shop. Her business was successful and well managed, and she left many business records. She apparently had a keen appreciation of the power of advertising, for she was the only Delaware silversmith to distribute broadsides announcing her wares. An inventory of her stock, made on December 31, 1850, shows that by that date she was selling manufactured goods, but still made and repaired other items. Other business records show her business dealings with Emmor Jefferis, her brother-in-law, and Thomas J. Megear, and her purchase of a house in 1856.
    Hannah Robinson never married but aided in raising her younger brothers and sisters. She was also active in the Delaware Avenue Bethany Baptist Church. In 1876 she made aprons and a silk quilt for the church. She was a woman of good character and a favorite with her relatives, and when she died on July 1, 1878, she left jewelry and furniture to all her relations by name along with enough means to support her dependent maiden sister, Sally.



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