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Hastier, John
(1692-1771)
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Silver
John Hastier was admitted as a freeman in New York in 1726, and advertised
in the New York Journal in 1735 as being located on Queen Street. His
advertisements continued to appear until 1758, when the last appeared in
the New York Gazette which read, in part, "Run away on Monday last from
John Hastier, of this City, Goldsmith, a lusty well-set Negro Man named
Jasper...."

The exact date of Hastier's death is uncertain. Many of the very early
catalogues on silver give his death date as 1791, while others omit his
birth and death dates entirely. A recent book on silversmiths' marks gives
his death as 1771, and also lists a Marguerite Hastier with the mark MH
(thin capitals, pellet between, in rectangle) as working in New York in
1771. This source states that she continued her husband's business. If
Marguerite were, in fact, the wife of John Hastier (although other books
on silversmiths make no mention of this fact), then it is quite possible
that he did die in 1771. However, the confusion must remain until the true
facts are known.