MARK: Struck twice on reverse with an intaglio mark with the initials “J J” under a left-facing eagle with a small shield and holding arrows and an olive branch in its talons and sixteen stars above, all in a serrated circular reserve.
MAKER: Jehiel Johnson (1785-1833) was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Constant Johnson (1758-1816) and his wife Thankful Whitmore (1758-1849). He married Elizabeth Bidwell in 1809 and six years later entered a partnership to make tinware and pewter with two other men in Middletown, his younger brother Constant Johnson (1794-1845) and John Hubbard Hall (1788-1867). A year later, in 1817, Jehiel Johnson entered into partnership with William Nott (1789-1840) and they purchased property and set up shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1818. It is unclear whether Johnson ever moved to North Carolina (records reveal that Nott did move to Fayetteville) because in 1819 the partners brought on Samuel Babcock (dates unknown) to create the firm Nott, Babcock & Johnson in Middletown, Connecticut, where Johnson died in 1833. See Ledlie Laughlin, “Pewter in America” (New York: American Legacy, 1940) and entry for Jehiel Johnson in William Erik Voss, “Silversmiths & Related Craftsmen” (online: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~silversmiths/makers/silversmiths/87302.htm [accessed 7 December 2017]).