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Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Coney, John
(1656-1722)
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Silver
John Coney (1655-1722). Coney, sometimes spelled Cony, was born in
Boston, the son of a cooper, and apprenticed to the first native-born
American silversmith, Jeremiah Dummer (1645-1718) whose sister he later
married. A skilled engraver, Coney designed the plates for the first
banknotes printed in America, those put out by the Massachusetts Bay
Company in 1690 and 1702. He also produced the first American-made teapot
and a caudle cup for Harvard College (as it was known then) later said to
have inspired the Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem, Ode on Lending a Punch
Bowl. With a career that remained active for 45 years, Coney went through
three distinct styles and trained and influenced an outstanding array of
future silversmiths.