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Maker(s):Hyde, Thomas Sr. (attributed)
Culture:English (1725-1805)
Title:apple corer
Date Made:ca. 1770
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 5 3/4 in; 14.605 cm
Accession Number:  HD 54.514
Credit Line:Museum purchase
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Silver apple corer with a heavy rounded handle attached to curved coring blade marked "T.H" in a rectangle at the junction of handle and blade, which is attributed to Thomas Hyde Sr. (1725-1805). Thomas Hyde Sr. was apprenticed to John Harvey, one of the earliest specialist silver wine-label makers, in 1739, and took over his shop at 33 Gutter Lane in 1747 when he was free of the Fishmonger's Company and where he was listed in the rate books until his death in 1805. His first mark, "TH", acorn between and crown above, was probably recorded in the missing register of smallworkers (1739-1757) in 1747, and his second mark, "T.H" pellet between, was probably entered in the missing register of largeworkers (1757-1773) circa 1770. Both of Hyde's sons, Thomas Jr. (1746-1789) and James (1748-1799) continued their father's business, Thomas becoming free of the Fishmonger's Company by 1769 and James by 1770. Ambrose Heal notes Thomas Hyde Jr. in business with his brother James Hyde as goldsmiths at 33 or 38 Gutter Lane in Cheapside from 1784-1796; Beet notes that James registered his first mark in 1777 at 10 Gutter Lane and his second mark in 1778 at 38 Gutter Lane where the rate books show him until 1795. Also see the silver wine siphon (HD 3014) attributed to Thomas Hyde Sr.

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