Sixteen Dollars Maryland Currency
ENGRAVER: Thomas Sparrow was a silversmith working in Annapolis, Maryland, c. 1765-1773. It is known that Thomas Sparrow, born in Chatham, Barnstable County, Maryland, in 1746, apprenticed as a silversmith and jeweler in Philadelphia ca 1760-63 and worked there 1763-65. He was hired by William Farris of Annapolis, Md. March 21, 1765 then opened his own silversmith/jewelry business there Dec. 13, 1765. His distinctive hallmark script TS in relief within rectangular depression appears on teaspoon shanks, etc. He married Esther Smith, born June 1, 1750 of Chatham, Maryland. Sparrow is important to numismatic research because his TS signature appears on some of the 1783 silver shillings, sixpence, and threepenny struck in Annapolis by silversmith John Chalmers. However, he has not been traced beyond 1784 and his date of death in unknown.