The Winterthur Library

 The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera





Creator:          Bernard M. Bloomfield                                    

Title:               Papers

Dates:             1743-1978

Call No.:         Col. 293          

Acc. No.:         83x243, 93x138, 97x92

Quantity:        2 boxes

Location:        30 E 2






Bernard Bloomfield was a collector of silver and research on silver.





This collection features original legal documents, marriage and birth certificates, bills, and letters from Philadelphia, England, and France.  Many relate to 19th century Philadelphia merchant Joseph Donath and his son James A. Donath, a Philadelphia lawyer.  Also included are the research notes of Maurice Brix, Philadelphia silver collector and scholar from the first half of the 20th century, for his book and other writings on Philadelphia silversmiths.  The correspondence of Mr. and Mrs. Brix documents their association with other American silver collectors from 1906 to 1940, including Alfred Coxe Prime, Robert Ensko, Hollis French, David Belasco, and Herbert DuPuy.  Numerous periodical clippings, photographs, and research notes pertain to early American silver objects and their makers.





The papers are in two boxes.  The first box contains the Donath materials, Lennig estate papers (a case handled by James A. Donath), miscellaneous 18th and 19th century documents, correspondence of Maurice Brix and of his wife, research notes, photographs and photostats, magazine and newspaper articles, and other miscellaneous items.  Some of the above materials are arranged in accession number order, while others are arranged chronologically.  The second box contains further research notes, correspondence of Mr. and Mrs. Brix and of Mr. Bloomfield, auction catalogs, and other miscellaneous items.





83x143, Gift of Bernard M. Bloomfield; 93x138, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bloomfield; 97x92, gift of Mrs. Bloomfield.






                        Brix, Maurice.

                        Donath, Joseph.

                        Prime, Alfred Coxe, 1883-1926.

                        Brix, Anna Maria.

                        Donath, James A.

                        Lennig, Christina.

                        Ensko, Robert.

                        French, Hollis.

                        Belasco, David.

                        DuPuy, Herbert, 1856-1930.



            Silversmiths – Biography.


            Silverwork, Colonial – Photographs.

            Silverwork – PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia.


            Collectors and collecting.




            Bills of sale.









Location: 30 E 2



Box 1:


Folder 1: Donath papers.  (arranged by accession number)


83x243.1         Letter. To Joseph Donath from John Connell, Philadelphia, January 24, 1834.  Insurance on the brig Cupid.


83x243.2         Baptismal Certificate, Augustus Rouvert, Philadelphia, May 12, 1806.  (In Latin)


83x243.40       Letter. To ADear Madam@ from H.K. Biddle.  Philadelphia, February 11, 1869.  Concerns stock dividends, Lehigh and Susquehanna Turnpike.


83x243.49       Bill of sale. U.S. Stock, by order of Joseph Donath, Philadelphia, September 16, 1830.  Signed by Thomas Biddle.


83x243.51       Letter. To James A. Donath from George Fox, Secretary, German Society, Philadelphia, March 27, 1828.  Unanimous election as a member of the Society.


83x243.53       Marriage Certificate.  Christina Langeay and Edmund Rouvert, Philadelphia, March 26, 1810.  (Document in Latin)


83x243.81       Letter. To Joseph Donath from A. I. Dalios, Treasury Department, Philadelphia, August 18, 1815.  Forming of the General Tariff.


83x243.82       Bill. To Monsieur Caelle of Bordeaux, France from Joseph Donath.  August 20, 1807.  Request payment of $395.92.  (In French)


93x138.1         Receipt. To Joseph Donath & Co., December 1807.  For taxes paid on shipping.



93x138.3         Bill. To the estate of  Joseph Donath from W. H. Moore, undertaker, October 28, 1846. For coffin and funeral arrangements.


93x138.6         Promissory note.  To Joseph Donath from C.I. Delacroix, Philadelphia, September 20, 1815. Delacroix owes $354 +.


93x138.7         Promissory note.  To Joseph Donath from C.I. Delacroix, Philadelphia, September 20, 1815.  Same as 93x138.6 but different amounts.  Possibly originally the same document.


93x138.8         Receipt. To Mrs. Rosalia Donath from Thos. Biddle & Co., Philadelphia, May 12 1830.  For stock sold in the amount of $581.05.


93x138.10       Promissory note.  To Joseph Donath from Laurence Huron March 23, 1807.  Huron owes $143.97.


93x138.12       Receipt. To Thomas Hill from James A. Donath, Hall of German Society, Philadelphia, December 5, 1846. For $1,200 as collateral for insurance policy.


93x138.15       Receipts.  To Joseph Donath from various vendors. December 1808. For rent, shipping freight, poor tax


93x138.17       Letter. To James A. Donath from S. Bradford, treasurer of Philadelphia & Reading railroad, Philadelphia, June 11, 1842.  Requests copies of legal documents.


93x138.19       Bill. To Mrs. Donath from Dr. Clymer, March 7, 1847. For professional services.


93x138.21       Insurance policy. For Rosalia Donath and heirs of the Joseph Donath estate, November 27, 1829. $15.40 for Brick house occupied as a store and dwelling at 28 S. Front St., Philadelphia.


93x138.22       Letter. To Joseph Donath from Harvey[?], March 1, 1813.  Concerns payment of borrowed money.


93x138.24       Receipt.  To Joseph Donath from William J. Watson for Eliza Shippen.  October 7, 1830.  For interest on the mortgage for the Rouvert farm.


93x138.28       Letter. To James A. Donath from Thomas Hill, Philadelphia, December 5, 1846.  In regards to insurance policy.


93x138.30       Letter. To James A. Donath from Eliza Shippen, August 6, 1830.  Concerns the remaining mortgage on the farm of E. Rouvert, deceased.


93x138.119     Miscellaneous etching with Donath name on it.



Folder 2: Lennig Estate papers.  (arranged by accession number)


83x243.33       Letter.  To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, Philadelphia, January 12, 1847.  Concerns the estate of Christina Lennig; possible error in determining commission on estate; Mr. Lennig desires speedy delivery of the estate.


83x243.70       Bill. Madam Lenning [Lennig] from L. Brechemin, Philadelphia, December 1, 1811.  Lists purchases of jewelry from 1835 to 1841; signed by Peter Hay, Attorney, and L. Brechemin.


93x138.4         Bill. To the Estate of Christina Lennig from W. H. Moore, undertaker, Philadelphia, May 15, 1841.  For coffin and funeral arrangements.


93x138.11       Bill. To Mrs. Lennig from Philip Garrett, 1841.  For coal in the amount of $13.50.


93x138.13       Bill. To the Estate of Mrs. Lennig from John Leadbeater & Son, March 13, 1841.  For the installation of a light.  Due $3.50.


93x138.14       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, March 8, 1847.  Requests a meeting about the Lennig Estate.


93x138.16       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, March 13, 1847. Concerns a legal document for Mr. Lennig.


93x138.18       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, December 23, 1846. Requests a cash advancement.


93x138.25       Bill. To the Estate of Mrs. Lennig from Charles Wilstack, 1838. For medical prescriptions.


93x138.26       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, November 30, 1846.  Concerns the administration of the Christina Lennig Estate.


93x138.27       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, January 13, 1847.  In regards to documentation for the transfer of the Lennig Estate administration.


93x138.29       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, January 23, 1847.  Requesting an account.


93x138.31       Letter. To James A. Donath from Christopher Fallon, May 13, 1847.  In regards to disagreements over the transfer of the Lennig Estate administration.


93x138.32       Extracts from Ledger B of the Christina Lennig Estate, January 1, 1845.



93x138.34       Petition to the Orphans Court of the City and County of Philadelphia, 1847.  States that James A. Donath was administrator of the Will of Christina Lennig and that her estate will be divided among her four children when they become of age.


93x138.35       Copy of account of Anna Lennig as maintained by James A. Donath, Trustee, 1844.


93x138.37       Testamentary letter from the State of Pennsylvania and a copy of the will drawn by Christina Lennig which appoints James A. Donath as executor, May 19, 1841.



Folder 3: Miscellaneous period documents.  (arranged by accession number)


83x243.0         Receipt. Of  Philip Yorke by His Majesty=s Exchequer, June 3, 1743.  Sum of 2,000 pounds for Aordinary and extraordinary expence of His Majesty=s Household.


83x243.4         Affidavit.  Award made in pursuance of a Reference by Rule of court.  George Lord Keith, defendant; Anthony Butler and John Collet, plaintiffs.   John Inglis, Thomas Dickason, and William Ludlum performed out of court settlement.  Award for 35,128 pounds in favor of plaintiffs.  England, March 26, 1803.


83x243.7         Affidavit. Sworn statement that ARichard Morris is the only son and heir of Thomas Morris, blacksmith, deceased.  Signed by Richard Morris, Hugh Owens, and John Thomas; letter of attorney, Richard Morris to Lewis Jones, October 4, 1751.


83x243.83       Deed. Article of Indenture, Alexander and Mary Reynolds and John W. Grow, carpenter, Philadelphia, March 3, 1853.


93x138.2         Receipt. From Amos Haines by Elijah Weaver, March 23, 1806.  For tuition, quills, and ink.


93x138. 5        Letter. To Price Newlin Co. From H.P. Morris, October 1846.  Requesting goods from the attached list.  Includes butcher knives, rat traps, razors, teaspoons, forks, locks, and other hardware.


93x138. 9        Receipt. For AEdward Shippen, exec of Mrs. Eliza H. Burd@ by Edwin Swift.  Sale of stock in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore Railroad. $1,346.25. Philadelphia, November 18, 1861.


93x138. 20      Membership certificate.  To Godfrey Weber from Merchant=s Fund.  January 1, 1855.


93x138. 23      Bill. To Mrs. Scudder from H.G. Scudder, March 20, 1867.  For groceries.


93x138. 36      Will of Geoffrey Weber.  June 27, 1816.  In French.  Unidentified watermark. 


93x138. 69      Sketch of unidentified man by C.M. Wireman, December 9, 1896.



Folder 4: Maurice Brix correspondence.  (arranged chronologically)


93x138.46       Note. From David Belasco. n.d. Extends good wishes.


83x243.56       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Langdon Warner, Director of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, April 29, (n.y.).  Concerns sugar urns and cream pitchers for display in an exhibit.


83x243.72       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Langdon Warner, Director of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia. n.d. acknowledges receipt of list of craftsmen compiled by Brix.


93x138.39b     Letter. To Maurice Brix from Bliss Carman. New York, April 27, 1903.  In regards to an upcoming theater event in Philadelphia.


93x138.39a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Bliss Carman. New York, April 30, 1903. Concerns a performance at the Grand Opera House by Adeline Dunlap.


83x243.25       Letter. To Maurics Brix from John H. Buck, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 17, 1906.  Thanks Mr. Brix for copy of article with reference to Joseph Richardson requests Arubs@ of silver marks and pewter, and a copy of a mark on silver ink stand at Independence Hall.


93x138.40       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Bliss Carmen, Boston, December 13, 1907.  In regards to Brix=s hospitality and news of an ill friend, Fritz.


93x138.50       New Year=s Postcard. To Maurice Brix from E.M. Govan, 1911.


83x243.68       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Robert Ensko, New York, January 7, 1917.  Requests the earliest date fro the firm of H.I. Pepper and Sons.


83x243.69       Receipt. Of Brix and Co. by Robert Ensko, New York, March 2, 1915.  For purchase of 1 volume of Makers of Early American Silver.

83x243.27       Note. To Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brix from David Belasco, New York, December 27, 1915.  Extends thanks for Napoleonic Medallion.


83x243.46       Letter. To Maurice Brix from W. Farr, Dealer in Antique American Silver, Edgewater, NJ, April 18, 1916.  Conatis list of items for sale.


93x138.41       Note. To Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Brix from David Belasco, December 1916.  Christmas and New Year=s Wishes.


93x138.55       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Alfred Prime, Philadelphia, April 14, 1917. 

a & b               Mentions letter from Mr. Ames; Silversmiths; and Private Collections. Includes a copy of letter from Herman Ames to Alfred Prime


83x243.29c      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Alfred Prime, Philadelphia, November 16, 1917.  Inquires about Edward Lownes, Silversmith.


83x243.29a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Alfred Prime, Philadelphia, July 12, 1917.  Requests information about Cesar Ghiselin of Maryland; Philip Syng and three sons, all goldsmiths; and notes that Howard Justice of London, [England], has original seal of Philip Syng.


83x243.29b     Notes. [typed] From Maryland Historical Society, (Baltimore) made by Mr. Hayes, Asst. Librarian concerning genealogical information about Cesar Ghiselin and family.


83x243.67       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Ridgeway Library, Philadelphia, March 28, 1919.  Information concerns silversmiths in Philadelphia, 1800-1820.  Search for T. Richards; also notes other names and occupations.


83x243.32       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Louise Avery of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 16, 1920.  Apologizes for failure to acknowledge receipt of book.  Thanks for call and opportunity to see silver and notebooks.


83x243.31       Letter.  To Mr. Bunford Samuel of the Ridgeway Library, Philadelphia from T. Morris Perot, Jr., Philadelphia, June 21, 1920.  Concerns genealogy of Perot family. (James Perot, 2nd generation silversmith in Bermuda).


83x243.45a-f   Letters (5).  To Ellis Silver Company from Shreve, Crump, and Low, New York, June 28, 1920.  Attention :Mr. J.J. Costigan.  Concerns misunderstanding and misquotation in price for a collection of silver.  Includes copy of letter to Shreve, Crump, and Low from Ellis, June 26, 1920; price list for lot; letter re: price list, June 24, 1920; letter to Mr. Brix from J.J. Costigan re: Boston collection, June 30, 1920.

83x243.11       Letter.  To Maurice Brix from Alfred Prime, Philadelphia, July 25, 1920.  Concerns possible error in ascribing silversmith=s work to John Norman.  Believes silver to be work of Johan Nys.  Mentions name AMusgrave@ found on a ATea or Coffee Pot@ by Mrs. Brix.


83x243.0         Letter.  To Maurice Brix from Hollis French, Boston, December 7, 1920.  Expresses appreciation for copy of book Philadelphia Silversmiths.


83x243.8         Letter. To Maurice Brix from R.T.H. Halsey of Halsey and Hudnut, New York, December 8, 1920.  Expresses appreciation for copy of book.  Offers congratulations on quality of work in the book.


83x243.36       Letter.  To Maurice Brix from T.S. Woolsey, New Haven, CT, December 14, 1920.  Thanks him for copy of book Philadelphia Silversmiths.  Refers to William Vilant (or Vivant) and Samuel Soumaine.


83x243.79       Letter. To Maurice Brix from J.J. Costigan of Ellis Silver Company, New York, February 7, 1921.  Refers to a silver pitcher with mark of H.E. Baldwin & Co.


83x243.35       Letter.  To Maurice Brix from G.C. Newkirk, secretary for Judge A. T. Clearwater, Kingston, NY, March 9, 1921. Acknowledges circular, list of Philadelphia silversmiths.  Orders one copy.


83x243.52       Letter. To Mr. Brix from H.S. Pleasant , Kingston, NY, March 11, 1921.  Expresses appreciation for copy of Mr. Brix=s book.  Makes suggestion regarding binding.


83x243.58       Letter. To Mr. Brix from L.R. [illegible], Kingston, NY, March 19, 1921.  Acknowledges receipt of Mr. Brix’s book and mentions Judge Clearwater.


83x243.12       Letter.  To Maurice Brix from Herbert DuPuy, Pittsburgh, April 15, 1921.  Concerns genealogy of the David and the DuPuy families.  Notes locations of silver businesses and markings used by different members of the DuPuy family.


83x243.38a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from George Seymore, New Haven, June 1, 1921.

&b                   Discusses value of creamer or chocolate pot  (Includes carbon copy of Brix’s reply  which refers to sightlessness.)


83x243.24a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Albert A. Southwick, of Tiffany and Company,

&b                   New York, August 29, 1921. Includes photographs of John Ball can and Parrott porringer from Tiffany collection.


83x243.34       Letter. To Maurice Brix from G. Murray Andrews, Bellafonte, PA, November 15, 1921.  Concerns tea set owned by Sarah Drinker Downing, married May 15, 1787; mug, possibly given to Sarah Drinker at birth, 1761; teapot, cream jug, sugar basin, slop bowl owned by Mrs. Andrews (from 1760-1780 time period).


83x243.76a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Herbert DuPuy, Pittsburgh, December 8, 1921.   DuPuy provides the birth and death dates for Philip Syng.


83x243.77       Letter (copy).  To Dr. Woodhouse of Philadelphia Museum from Herbert DuPuy, May 27th 1922.  Concerns silver made by Daniel DuPuy. (Copy to Mr. Brix )


83x243.16       Note. To Maurice Brix from David Belasco, New York, December 25, 1923.  Expresses thanks for momento.


83x243.23       Letter. To Maurice Brix from unknown writer. Envelope indicates Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, postmark February 19, 1926.  Concerns genealogical information about Matthew Pratt.


93x138.38       Note. From Bliss Carman. April 24, 1926.  Thanks for hospitality.


83x243.13       Letters (2). To Maurice Brix from Francis Hill Bigelow, Cambridge, MA, August

a,b, & c            26, 1926.  Thanks Mr. Brix for book; requests use of research notes and references to silversmiths.  Also includes reply by Brix, September 6, 1926.  Gives permission to use Aany data I possess.@  Notes difficulty of accurate research.


83x243.567     Letter. To Maurice Brix from Hollis French, Boston, December 14, 1926. 

a & b               Requests information concerning the mark of Faber and Hoover, Philadelphia, 1837.  Also includes copy of Mr. Brix=s reply of December 1926.  Cites location of Faber and Hoover=s business; notes Ano record of marking.@


83x243.41       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Miriam M. Marble (Mrs. John E. Marble), South Pasadena, CA, January 4, 1927.  Requests information concerning original owners of tea caddy and four piece Tea Set.  Mentions spoons by R. Wilson, Philadelphia.


83x243.39a      Letter. To Maurice Brix from Miriam M. Marble (Mrs. John E. Marble), South Pasadena, CA, January 19, 1927.    States Tea Caddy and Tea Set are not for sale. 


83x243.57       Letter (copy) To Mrs. John E. Marble from Maurice Brix, Philadelphia, January 25, 1927.  Concerns the sale of silver items.


83x243.10       Letters (1 and 2 copies). To and from Maurice Brix to and from Hollis French,

a, b, & c           Philadelphia and Boston, February 18, 1927, March 4, 1927, and April 4, 1927. 

Concerns requests for information about whether William Campbell was a silversmith or carpenter; inquires for information about contemporary silver dealer, Robert Ensko, and his publishing activities.


83x243.76       Letters (1 and 1 copy). To Maurice Brix from Herbert DuPuy, Pittsburgh, May

a&b                 7th, 1927.  Concerns mark for AJ.D.@ on a creamer from 1780-1790.  Included is

Brix=s reply of May 10, 1927 stating that the creamer is probably from John David of Philadelphia between 1780-1785; remarks that he has acquired a creamer by Daniel DuPuy.


83x243.80       Letters (2 and 2 copies) Two are to Maurice Brix from Herbert DuPuy and two

a-d                   are replies to Herbert DuPuy from Maurice Brix, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, November 15, November 28, November 29, and December 10, 1927.  Concerns marks on two pairs of silver saltspoons; requests for information by DuPuy on L. P. Broomall; progression of Brix=s book.  Brix=s reply remarks that the person in question was L. R. Broomhall, not L. P. Broomhall.


83x243.64       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Bunford Samuel of Ridgeway Library, Philadelphia, July 18, 1929.  Quotes G.W.P. Curtis, ARecollections of Washington@ concerning Wm. Peale as silversmith and watchmaker.


83x243.44       Letter. To Maurice Brix from Wm. Clifford, Librarian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, January 28, 1930.  Requests purchase of two copies of Mr. Brix=s book.



Folder 5: Mrs. Brix Correspondence.  (arranged chronologically)


83x243.26       Note. To Madam Brix from Willoughby Far, Edgewater, NJ, June 10, n.y.  Offering for sale a sugar bowl and creamer by Coen of New York ca. 1790.


83x243.5         Letter. To Mrs. Brix from E. Alfred Jones, Oxford and Cambridge Club, London, April 18, n.y.  Requests rubbings or impressions of unrecorded marks on American silver.  Requests impressions of two mugs (cans) stamped [BW] and [CH].


83x243.68a-b  Letters (2). To Mrs. Brix from Robert Ensko, New York, January 7, 1917 and March 16, 1918 respectively.  The earlier letter requests information on the firm H.I. Pepper and Son. The later letter acknowledges receipt of bracelet and cameos, and requests information for W. Cowan or W. Gowen.


93x138.60       Note. To Mrs. Brix from David Belasco, New York, January 4, 1923.  Acknowledges receipt of package and writes that a letter will be sent later.  Signed by W. N. Howard.


93x138.71b-c  Receipts (2) Of Mrs. Brix by Robert R. Logan, Philadelphia, April 16, 1926 and May 7, 1926.  Payment for a pair of silver sauce-boats, a small silver tray, and a small can, all made by Philip Syng.


83x243.71       Letter.  To Mrs. Brix from J. Levy of Ginsburg and Levy, New York, January 28, 1927.  Concerns prices for silver items including a teapot and sugar bowl by Myer Meyers, a teapot and urn shaped sugar bowl by D. Van Vorhis, and two porringers by John Burt and C. Wiltberger, respectively.


93x138.71a      Receipt. Of Mrs. Brix by Robert R. Logan for two silver tankards, one by Jan Neuss and one by William Vilant.


83x243.62       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from Mrs. John B. Heston, Philadelphia, May 11, 1929.  Concerns appraisal of silver tea set and family history of the Willits family, original owners of the set.


83x243.75       Note. To Mrs. Brix from an unidentified writer.  Post marked Caernarvonshire [Wales], April 20, 1930.  Concerns Christian Wiltberger; directories; cream pitcher at Bries; Walesford; marriage of Nicholas Wales to Sarah Ridgway, 1799.


83x243.59       Letter.  To Mrs. Brix from J.F. Otwell, Secretary to H.F. du Pont, Winterthur, May 14, 1930.  Discusses possible purchase of furniture.  Draft of reply on reverse side.


93x138.51       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from J.M. Phillips, Boston, February 27, 1931. Thanks her for earrings; Clarke catalog; mentions moving into Harkness; Phillips was asked to write an article on German silver for American Magazine of Art; also asked to lecture at Pennsylvania Museum and requests use of slides of Brix collection; remarks about the exhibit at Andover, MA museum.


93x138.45       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from J.M. Phillips, Yale University School of Fine Arts, March 16, 1931.  Requests provenance information for earrings; requests a copy of London criticism of Mr. Brix=s book; question about the Syng markings; mentions Bigelow=s request for co-editorship of book on NY silversmiths. May 22, 1996


93x138.73       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from Helen Comstock, New York, January 17, 1935.  Requests photo of Nys piece owned by Brix for an article on Philadelphia silversmiths in The Connoisseur and International Studio.  Draft of reply by Mrs. Brix is written on the document.


83x243.86       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from Ellen S. Magonn, Groton, MA, December 28, 1936.  Concerns Wiltberger family genealogy; inquires about Thomas Wiltberger.  Includes a photograph of Thomas Wiltberger, Sr., silversmith, 1818.

83x243.50       Letter. To Mrs. Brix from Edward Davis, Curator of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, November 1, 1940.  Concerns loan of items for exhibition.


93x138.48       Postcard. To Mrs. Brix from J.M. Philips, New Haven, January 12, 1952. Requests dinner in New York City.


93x138.49       Postcard. To Mrs. Brix from John [?], January 23, 1952. Description of conference/convention he attended.


93x138.47       Postcard. To Mrs. Brix from J.M. P[hillips?], Williamsport, PA, March 5, 1952.  Concerns his lecture; forwarded Brix=s address to Prof. Archibald Henderson.


83x243.15b     Receipt. Of Mrs. Brix by Florence Carney of Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 19, 1955.  Received one tankard and one Ajoure Basket.



Folder 6: Research notes of Maurice Brix. (arranged by accession number)


83x243.14       Genealogical record, n.d.  of the Lown[d]es Family, descended from Hugh Lowndes, Friend of England.  Traces family to Joseph Lownes, silver smiths, 1763-1799.   Written by Isaac Harvey, Jr. , four typed pages.


83x243.15a      Letter.  To Samuel Yellin from Robert O. Derrick, Philadelphia, May 24, 1930.  Mr. Derrick has written Edsel Ford about Brix collection; believes Mr. Ford may be interested.


83x243.18       Typed notes. From the account book of William Penn, 1699-1703.                        (At the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia in 1920) Lists payment to Johan Nys, Francis Richardson, and Cesar Ghiselin.


83x243.19       Advertisements. From the Federal (Philadelphia) Gazette, 1769 for Wistarburg

a, b, & c           Glass.  Typed.


83x243.21       Advertisements. From Pennsylvania Gazette, 1771, for Stiegel Glass.  Typed.


83x243.30       Encyclopedia pages.  Unknown encyclopedia.  n.d.  Entries for Silver, Silversmiths=s work.


83x243.63       Letter. To Miss Rehan from Graham R., n.d. Discusses AIndian women=s method of putting on their muslin drapery.@ (Includes hand-drawn diagram and illustrations.)


83x243.60       Advertisement.  From Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May, 1911.  For catalog of an Exhibition of American Church Silver.  Request for subscription.


83x243.73       Notes.  n.d. Regards the markings for the marriages of Agnes Lownes to Isaac Harvey, 1814, Philadelphia and Esther Lownes to Michael Newbold.


83x243.74       Notes.  n.d. Re: William E. DuBois.  Bibliographic references.


83x243.91       Note. n.d. Verifies that Athe will of Ann Warner, of Phila., widow, leaves state to her daughter Ann Wiltberger.  Executor, son-in-law Christian Wiltberger, and his wife Ann Wiltberger... Signed June 19, 1804.@


93x138.42a      Announcement. Walt Whitman Fellowship Papers, Philadelphia, 1897.  Contains handwritten note concerning dinner on verso.


93x138.43       Advertisement. For Maurice Brix=s book List of Philadelphia Silversmiths and Allied Artificers, 1920.  Sample title page, reviews, and photo of Brix holding urn.


93x138.44       Magazine. The Horn Book Magazine.  July-August 1951.  Autographed Ato Madame Brix , compliments of Katherine Milhous.@  Milhous was a Philadelphia author of children=s books. Milhous=story and illustrations appear in the magazine along with biographical information on her.



93x138.53       Notes. n.d. on several tankards. Includes makers de Neuss (Nys) and Syng. Gives details of markings and provenance notes.


93x138.57       Clipping.  From the Antiques section of New York World-Telegram and Sun, September 16, 1955.  Discusses the auction of the Brix silver collection.


93x138.59       Photocard depicting front and back of coin with George Washington on it. n.d.


93x138.62       Photostat. AFrom Day book of Dupuy.@  Entry dated February 25, 1748.


93x138.68       Clipping. Advertisement for Brix=s book attached to a postcard from The Connoisseur (magazine). March, 1921.


93x138.20       Biographical notes. n.d. Consists of a list of names and birth and death dates for the people on the list.  Part typed, part pencil.


93x138.21       List of Philadelphia firms.  n.d.  Contains addresses and earliest dates of firms.


93x138.122     Biographical note. n.d. Notes on David Hall and Charles Dutens; includes marking.


93x138.123     Genealogy. n.d. Written by Oscar Collett. Collett family history.


93x138.124     Inventory. n.d. Of Mr. ?.P. Garvan=s Set.  Includes dimensions and markings on objects.


93x138.125     Biographical notes.  n.d. On Cesar Ghiselin.  From St. Anne=s Parish Registrar, Annapolis. And from Regier of Deeds Office at Annapolis.



Folder 7: Miscellaneous photos and photostats.  (arranged by accession number)


83x243.39       Photo. Tea caddy owned by Mrs. John E. Marble.


83x243.47       Photo. Marks on tea caddy.  AAlso scratched on is oz/16  dwt/3"


83x243.48       Photo. Silver Urn with initials S H


83x243.64       Photo. Silver tankard. n.d.


83x243.65       Photo. Of receipt signed by John Myers in Philadelphia, 1799.  For Aone set of Mountings for Color Staff and making Spear for 1st City Troop.@  Stamp of Anna-Maria Brix (Mrs. Maurice Brix) on verso.


83x243.84       Photostat. Two receipts from Daniel DuPuy in payment for silver buckles and

a & b               silver mug.


83x243.84c      Photostat.  Advertisement for assortment of articles imported by John Carnan, Goldsmith and Jeweler, 2nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, n.d.


83x243.85       Two photographs. Of room displaying silver trophies, pitchers, teapots, flagons,

a & b               urns, etc.


83x243.96       Engraving.  Brooklyn in the Olden Time. n.d. Engraved by W.G. Jackman.



Folder 8: Antiquarian Magazine articles.  (arranged chronologically)


83x243.106     Illustration.  n.d. Silver tankard by John Coney.


83x243.107     Wenham, Edward. AGeorgian Table Silver for Collectors and for Utility.@  n.d.


83x243.148     Wenham, Edward. AThe Pierced Silver of Georgian Fish Slices.@  n.d.


83x243.145     Murdoch, Robert. ASpanish Candleholders of Wrought Metal.@ n.d.


83x243.117     Singleton, Esther.  AThe Garvan Collection: American Silver of Colonial Days.@ n.d.


83x243.133     Singleton, Esther. APewter and Hints for Collecting.@ June 1924, p. 7-9.


83x243.129     Gebelein, J. Herbert. AEarly American Silver.@ June 1925, p. 31-33.


83x243.143     Thorpe, Russell Walton. APortraits of John Hancock.@ October 1925, p. 24-29.


83x243.115     Wood, T. Kenneth.  AThe Shumate Sale.@ July 1926, p. 35-37.


83x243.127     Wenham, Edward. AKnives, Forks, and Spoons.@ April 1927, p. 35-36.


83x243.114     Wenham, Edward. AThe Evolution of the Tea Set.@  June 1927, p. 41-46.


83x243.111     Thorpe, Russell Walton. AWashingtonia.@  June 1927, p. 27-30+.


83x243.97       Wenham, Edward. AEarly Silver Cream Jugs.@  December 1927, p. 37-41.


83x243.99       Wenham, Edward.  AHallmarks on British Provincial Silver.@  February 1928, p. 49-50.


83x243.118     Wenham, Edward. ASalvers and Tea Trays.@  April 1928, p. 31-35+.


83x243.126     Wrigley, Frances.  AOld Jewelry Resumes Its Importance.@  May 1928, p. 39.


83x243.139     Wenham, Edward. AThe Gypsy Silversmiths of Scotland.@  May 1928, p. 59-62.


83x243.137     Wenham, Edward.  ACasters, Dredgers, and Muffineers.@  June 1928, p. 62-64.


83x243.98       Wenham, Edward.  AThe Evolution of the Knife and Fork.@  December 1929, p. 50,52.


83x243.149     Hornor, W.M. Jr.  AThe Richardson Family, Silversmiths of Philadelphia.@  1930, p. 41-?.


83x243.142     Beatty, Albert R. AThe Personal Swords of George Washington.@  1931, p. 34-35.



Folder 9: Magazine Antiques clippings.  (arranged chronologically)


83x243.102     Coe, Sarah. AVinaigrettes and Other Personal Silver.@ n.d. p, 56-?


83x243.100     Comstock, Helen. AThe John Marshall Phillips Collection.@ n.d., 554-553.


83x243.132     Keyes, Homer Eaton. AAn Unproductive Study of a Pewter Service.@ n.d.


83x243.112     Wykes, Hunter. AA Note on English Silver.@  August 1926, p. 112-114 (2 copies)


83x243.123     Wood, T. Kenneth. AA Lafayette Chair.@  October 1926, p. 293-295.


83x243.122     Keyes. Willard Emerson.  AToy Banks.@  October 1926, p. 290-293.


83x243.130     Carrick, Alice Van Leer. AMother-of Pearl Cardcases.@  December 1926, p. 448-451 +.


83x243.136     AEditor=s Attic.@ December 1926.


83x243.131     AEditor=s Attic.@ June 1927.


83x243.104     Cotterell, Howard Herschel. AEuropean Continental Pewter, Part IV.@  July 1927, p.43-49.


83x243.134     Kimball, Marie. AThe Furnishing at Monticello.@  November 1927, p. 380-385.


83x243.105     Cotterell, Howard Herschel. AEuropean Continental Pewter, Part VII.@  February 1928, p. 130-135.


83x243.120     AEditor=s Attic.@ February 1928.



93x138.108     Stabler, Lucy L. AWashington=s Traveling Boot Box@ and Burbank, Leonard. ALyndeboro Pottery.@  February 1928, p. 123-124.


83x243.138     Swan, Mabel. AThe Village Tinsmith.@  March 1928 , p. 211-214.


83x243.135     Outerbridge, Alexander E. Jr.  AFiligree Gold and Silver.@  March 1928, p 219-221.


83x243.108     Rose, Jennie Haskell. ASome Charleston Silversmiths and Their Work.@  April 1928, p. 301-307.


83x243.103     Rugg, Harold G. and the Editor. ARichard Lee, Pewterer.@  June 1928, p.493-495.


83x243.119     Cotterell, Howard Herschel. AFurther Notes on Commemorative Porringers.@  July 1928, p.39-40.


83x243.128     Illustration.  AEighteenth-Century English Scent Bottles and Other Colored Glasses.@  April 1931, p. 290.


83x243.140     Howe, Florence Thompson. AJacob Sargent, Goldsmith and Clockmaker.@  April 1931, p. 287-290 (2 copies).


83x243.93       Hunter, Walter. AThe Spoon as a Funerary Souvenir.@ April 1931, p. 302-304 + (2 copies).


83x243.141     Cotterell, Howard Herschel and Robert M. Vetter. AThe >Noble Pewter= of Holland.@  1931.


83x243.166     Weak, Mabel.  ACaptain Elias Pelletreau, Long Island Silversmith.@ Parts I and II May and June 1931, p. 365-368, 438--440.


93x138.109     Illustration.  June 1931, p. 456. Pewter marks.


93x138.110     Unidentified article on pewter.  June 1931, p. 461-463.


83x243.124     Bradbury, Frederick. AOld Sheffield Plate, Part I.@   July 1931, p. 12-16.


83x243.125     Bradbury, Frederick. AOld Sheffield Plate, Part II.@ August 1931, p. 100-105.


83x243.101     Keyes, Williard Emerson. AOld-Time Tobacco Requisites.@  July 1931, p. 18-22.


93x138.112     Unidentified article containing information on Joseph Richardson and Philip Syng, goldsmiths.  July 1931, p.33-34.


83x243.121     Webber, John Whiting.  ARoswell Gleason.@   August 1931, p. 87-89.


83x243.146     Arthur, Helen. AThomas Sparrow.@  January 1949, p. 44-45.


83x243.152     APhiladelphia Silversmiths@ December 1955.  (Pages have portion cut out).


93x138.111     Overby, Osmund R. AAmmi B. Young: An Architectural Sketch@ and ASome American Miniatures.@  June 1962, p. 529-530.


93x138.105     Spang, Joseph Peter III.  AThe Parker and Russell Silver Shop in Old Deerfield.@  June 1962, p. 638-642.


93x138.78       French, Aletta, L. APatience, Industry, Care, and an Eighteenth-century Handkerchief.@  July 1962, p. 65-67.


93x138.115     McNab, Jessie. AMonteiths: English, American, Continental.@ August 1962, p. 156-160.


93x138.82       Hickman, Peggy. AThe Art of Silhouette in Dublin before 1800.@ August 1962, p. 150-152.


93x138.107     Smith, Robert C. AThe Houses of Fairmount Park.@ November 1962.  Includes articles on individual houses of Cedar Grove, Woodford, Mount Pleasant, Sweetbrier, Strawberry Mansion, and Lemon Hill by various tour guides.


93x138.118     Miller, Isabelle. ANew York Silver of the Seventeenth Century.@  December 1962, p. 636-637.


93x138.81       Fales, Martha Gandy.  AEnglish Design Sources of American Silver.@  January 1963, p. 82-85.


93x138.116     Davidson, Ruth. AFeatures in the Museums.@  January 1963, p. 112.


93x138.79       Ellenbogen, Eileen. AVinaigrettes.@  February 1963, p. 214-217.


93x138.117     Ross, Marvin. AScottish Tobacco Mulls in the Hillwood Collection.@  May 1963, p. 568-569.


93x138.114     Dallett, Francis James. ASome Franco-American Silversmiths and Jewelers.@  December 1963, p. 706-708.


93x138.83       [Article on enameled watches] December 1963, p. 699+


93x138.80       Rice, Norman and James H. Halpin.  AJoseph Warford, Silversmith of Albany and Salem, New York.@  April 1964, p. 429- 431.



Folder 10: Miscellaneous magazine clippings.  (arranged chronologically)


83x243.151a    Illustration.  A Silver Can, the work of the famous silversmith, Paul Revere (1735-1818).  n.d.


83x243.151b   Advertisement.  For display of silver set by Joseph Lownes at the New York Antiques Exposition. n. d.


93x138.76       Cornelius, Charles Over.  AEarly American Silver.@  The Home. n.d.


83x243.147     Park, Joseph H. AThe Meaning of a Mysterious Mark.@  n.d., incomplete.


83x243.113     Avery, C.L.  AEarly American Silver Shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  n.d.  Review of exhibition.


83x243.144     Fine Old English Silver.  n.d.


93x138.77       [Unidentified article on silver Autensils@]. April 1921, p.57.


83x243.109     Pennington, Jo. AAmerican Domestic Silver.@  International Studio.  August 1925, p. 352-356.


83x243.110     Tuck, Marie. AMonkey Spoons.@  Hobbies.  February 1954, p. 49-51.


93x138.113     Penzer, N.M. AThe Silver Chamber-Pot, Part I.@ The Antique Collector.  October 1958, p. 174-178.


93x138.106     AFairmount Park.@ Interior Design. March 1963, p. 127-131.


93x138.74       ANew Values for Old Silver.@  Time.  March 7, 1969.



Folder 11: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings.  (arranged chronologically)


93x138.70       Godcharles, Frederick. APennsylvanians, Past, and Present.@ n.d. From a Philadelphia newspaper.  Concerns Philip Syng.


83x243.22       Unidentified, undated article concerning museum exhibit.  Mentions Herbert DuPuy, H.T. Halsey, and Herbert Lee Pratt.


93x138.72       Gould, Frank. AMillion Dollar Spoon.@  n.d.  From unidentified newspaper.  Concerns John Marshall Philips and his discovery of forgeries.


93x138.63       Gould, Frank.  Unidentified article. n.d. Contains portions of article 93x138.72.


93x138.56       14 Miscellaneous articles, possibly from The New York Times and a Philadelphia newspaper.  Article 1 reports the sale of Duke of Leinster=s silver set. n.d. Article 2 is a reprint of a 1824 article concerning a fire in jeweler=s shop, possibly Philadelphia. Article 3 notes the bequeathal of the Munn Collection to the New York Historical Society.  n.d. Article 4 reports the sale of a silver pitcher by Paul Revere at a New York auction.  n.d. Article 5 ASome Rhode Island Silversmiths.@ Saturday Review of Literature. January 26, 1929. Article 6 reports on missing orrery owned by Dr. Maurice J. Babb of the University of Pennsylvania.  n.d.  Article 7 ARelics Fill Home Near Gettysburg.@ January 2, 1938.  Article 8 AA Pennsylvanian.@ Philadelphia Bulletin. June 20, 1923. Contains biographical information on Timothy Matlack.  Article 9 AHistorical Society Tea.@ n.d.  Reports  on display of silver tea kettle in Logan family silver collection.  Article 10 concerns donation by Mrs. J. Amory Haskell of a Thomas Shields sugar bowl to an unidentified museum.  n.d. Article 11 reports the sale of silver tankard by Peter Van Dyke at an auction. n.d. Article 12 from The New York Times on sale of highboy, April 3, 1944.  Article 13 is a reprint of an 1834 article concerning John Randolph, Nicholas Biddle, and Cadwalader Colden.  Article 14 AMen and Things.@ Philadelphia Bulletin. Wednesday, April 18, 1923.  About artist Charles Willson Peale.


83x243.88       Burden, Nancy. AHow Baby-Feeding has Changed From Antiquity to the Space Age.@  Philadelphia Bulletin? n.d.


83x243.94       Advertisement. Leary=s Old Book Store. n.d.


93x138.128     Cole, Ann Kilborn. AWhat is Historic Blue?@  n.d.  Article on pottery. (Possibly from The Philadelphia Inquirer.)


93x138.129     AA Pennsylvanian.@ Philadelphia Bulletin.  May 23, 1929.  Article on William Bradford.


93x138.67       AGarvan Collection of Silver Basis of Important Research.@ The New York Sun. Saturday, July 19,1930.


93x138.65       ARare Clocks Adorn Old Homes Here.@ and APean of Color Rises in Chapel.@ Philadelphia Public Ledger. Sunday, April 17, 1932.


83x243.89       AMagdalen By Ribera Owned by Jefferson.@ The New York Times. Sunday, April 26, 1936.


93x138.64       2 obituaries for John Marshall Philips.  Saturday, May 9, 1953. One is from The New York Times.


83x243.90       Cole, Ann Kilborn. AMasterpieces in Glass.@ The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine.  June 13, 1954.


93x138.130     AOld Silver Exhibit.@ April 6, 1956 and AMuseum Plans Silver Exhibit.@ Philadelphia Bulletin. n.d.  Both articles report on an exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art.


93x138.126     Barnes, Barbara.  ASilver Tells Story of American History.@ Philadelphia Bulletin. Sunday, April 8, 1956. 


93x138.127     Illustrations. Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. April 15, 1956. [Possibly of items on display at Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit.]



Folder 12: Miscellaneous.  (arranged by accession number)


83x243.6         Speech. To The Colonial Dames of Delaware. n.d. AHenry Stiegel and his Glass, 1763-1774.@


83x243.61       Letter (photocopy). To Nellie from Laura Mordecai, Philadelphia, May 23, (n.y.)  Concerns her grandfather, Myer Myers.


83x243.66       Inventory (photostat). The estate of Daniel Dupuy, Philadelphia, September 14, 1807 by John Reed and Robert Cochran.


83x243.78       Notes (typed). Biographical information on Philip Hulbeart.  Taken from Pennsylvania Gazette No. 1715, November 5, 1761.


83x243.87       3 Illustrations cut from unidentified magazine and 1 postcard.  n.d.  All portraits of women, two are by Sir Thomas Lawrence.


83x243.92       Letter. To Mr. Mazurie and son from Stephan Girard, April 15, 1793.  In French.  Concerns payment in French money instead of American money.


83x243.95       Print.  Small portrait of ATheresa@ by F. Andreotti.


93x138.52       Advertisement and order form.  For book on Thomas Richardson of England by author, Mary Thomas Seaman.  Note on back says AOrdered by McGirr, February 14th, 1930.@


93x138.54       Edmunds, Albert J. ACombination Directory of the City of Philadelphia for 1785.@  Manuscript.  n.d. Hand copy of the directory through letter A only.


93x138.61       Letter(typed copy). To B.F. from James Parker, New York, September 7, 1747. Concerns silver spoons.  Copied from Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, March-May 1902, p. 189-190.


93x138.66       Notes. On Bumford Samuel. n.d.  Notes that he left $750,000 to Fairmount Park for sculptures.

93x138.75       Barber, Edwin Atlee.  APlea and Plan for a Complete Museum of Ceramics.@ The Sun New York, March 5, 1911.


93x138.100     Advertisement. From unidentified magazine.  n.d. For English plate set by Paul Lamerie.


93x138.101     Illustrations. From unidentified magazine.  n.d.  Depicts silver pieces by Paul Revere, Peter Van Dyck, Jeremiah Dummer, Nathaniel Morse, John Edwards, and John Moulinar.


93x138.103     Illustrations. From unidentified magazine. n.d. Gold boxes and silver urn by Joseph Lownes.


93x138.104     Advertisements. From unidentified magazine. n.d. For London dealers S. J. Phillips and Thomas Lumley.


93x138.131     Letter. To Benjamin Franklin Bache from W. Calder Marshall, London, September 22, 1902. Concerning their relation through the family genealogy of Henry Lawson Cambridge.



Folder 13:


83x243.150     AOur Historic Shrines.@ Philadelphia Inquirer.  Special Report.  Part One: AIndependence Hall,@ April 22, 1963 and Part Nine: AOther Points of Interest,@ May 2, 1963.




Box 2:


Folder 1:          Auction catalogs


Folder 2:          Bloomfield insurance information


Folder 3:          Illustrated letter sheet: Philadelphia; lithography by Herline & Co., printed by John Weik, Philadelphia, copyright 1869


Folder 4:          Inventory of Judaica and other Judaic items


Folder 5:          Letters to Bloomfield about Logan tankard, from Anna Brix


Folder 6:          Miscellaneous correspondence, mostly Brix


Folder 7:          Miscellaneous notes, newspaper articles, etc.


Folder 8:          Notes about tankards


Folder 9:          Photocopies of documents, mostly relating to Joseph Donath


Folder 10:        Photographs and negatives


Folder 11:        Research notes and correspondence of Mr. and Mrs. Brix, numbered A1-A88