April 19, 2016 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art

 
  Lot 80
 

80

A silver spoon of Philadelphia historical interest
joseph richardson, jr. (1752-1831), philadelphia, pa

The bright cut-engraved stem continuing to terminus bearing engraved monogram, "JMR"; the verso with maker's mark and engraved inscription, "Belonged to Chief Justice John Meredith Read Philadelphia (1797-1871) inherited by his only son General John Meredith Read" beneath crest.

L: 8 3/4 in. Weight: approx. 1 3/4+ troy oz.

Provenance: Property of a Connecticut Gentleman Collector.

Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000


 

The bright cut-engraved stem continuing to terminus bearing engraved monogram, "JMR"; the verso with maker's mark and engraved inscription, "Belonged to Chief Justice John Meredith Read Philadelphia (1797-1871) inherited by his only son General John Meredith Read" beneath crest.

Provenance: Property of a Connecticut Gentleman Collector.

Following the political and legal career paths forged by his father and grandfathers, John Meredith Read, Sr. (1796-1874) was admitted to the Bar in 1818, elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1822, and appointed United States District Attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1837. A founder of the Free Soil Party, Read resolutely opposed the expansion of slavery into new states. His strong stance elicited diametrically opposing responses: he received such animosity from the Southern states that he asked to withdraw his 1845 Senatorial nomination, but later in 1858, helped to found the Republican Party when he was elected judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He was thereafter briefly considered a candidate for Presidency (with Abraham Lincoln as Vice President), but Mr. Lincoln ultimately received the nomination.

Read was appointed Chief Justice of Philadelphia a few years before his death in 1874.

John Meredith Read, Sr. married Priscilla Marshall (1808-1841) on March 20, 1828 and together, they had two children who survived infancy: Emily Marshall Read (1830-1851) and General John Meredith Read, Jr. (1837-1896).

After graduating from Albany Law School in 1859, Read, Jr. served as New York State Adjutant General from 1860-1866. He was a supporter of the Republican Party who helped organize the "Wide Awake" clubs, and his active political career was marked with years of distinguished diplomatic and foreign service. He also received recognition as a published scholar and historian. Read, Jr. married Delphine Marie Pumpelly (1834-1902) on April 7, 1859 and they had four children.

The John Meredith Read, (Sr.) Papers are currently in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania while the John Meredith Read, (Jr.) papers are presently in the collection of the University of Rochester. The Society of The Cincinnati Medal of General John Meredith Read sold at Skinner, Inc., Marlborough, Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments, May 03, 2014, lot 92.

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