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Noxon, Martin __Maker
Place Made:
Edenton North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
LOA: 14-1/2″ __ __ __ __ __ __95.5 grams
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DESCRIPTION: Significant large Edenton, North Carolina silver ladle with a round bowl and a severely tapered handle that terminates in an downturned pointed end. Petal-shaped drop on underside of bowl. Bowl attached to handle with three silver rivets. Although the use of rivets to attach the ladle’s bowl to its handle is unusual and may seem to be a repair, a nearly identical Noxon ladle at the North Carolina Museum of History (Acc. H.2016.37.1) is attached in the same manner. Few examples of Edenton silversmiths have been documented.

INSCRIPTION: Engraved on face of handle with the initials “WFG” in script letters.

MARK: Struck twice on underside of handle with an intaglio “NOXON” mark in a rectangular reserve.

MAKER: Martin Noxon (1780-1814) was born in Duchess Co., New York and moved to Edenton, North Carolina sometime around 1800. He advertised in the 26 February 1806 Edenton Gazette, listing himself as a gold and silversmith selling such wares as “…Gold ear and finger Rings…Lockets and breast Pins, silver Table and Tea Spoons, Sugar Tongs, Salt Spoons, Thimbles, Scissar Chains…&c… .” He also sold and repaired watches and in 1809 advertised that he had “furnished himself with everything necessary for Repairing and Touching the Mariner’s Compass” (Edenton Gazette, 21 April 1809). The following year he took on 12-year-old Bonaparte Allen as a silversmith’s apprentice. A year later, Noxon further diversified, employing “a man at the Gun-Smith Business, who is a professed workman” (Edenton Gazette, 15 February 1811). Noxon did not advertise his business again before his death in 1814. See George Barton Cutten and Mary Reynolds Peacock, “Silversmiths of North Carolina, 1696-1860”, 2nd rev. ed. (Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1984).

FORM: Large silver ladles were popular for serving punch or soup. Most had plain hemispherical bowls, others were round, and a few had scalloped or shaped bowls. Smaller ladles of silver were most often designated for serving sauces and gravy.

Credit Line:
Partial gift in memory of William Y. W. Ripley; James H. Willcox, Jr., Silver Purchase Fund.