Paul Revere: Versatile patriot
America’s most famous silversmith is undoubtedly Paul Revere, who ironically, is known more for one midnight ride than all the objects he left behind.
According to the Paul Revere House in Boston, some of the more unusual items that came from his shop were made before the Revolution, including a chain for a pet squirrel, an ostrich egg snuffbox, and a child’s whistle. He also made brass gunner’s calipers for two British officers, silver letters for the back of a chaise, surgical instruments, and a sword hilt.
From 1761 through 1797, his shop turned out more than 5,000 objects.
Children can learn about Revere and silversmithing in colonial times during a Feb. 2 workshop at the Wilton Historical Society.