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Kip, Jesse
(1660-1722)
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Silver
Baptized in the Dutch Church in New York on December 19, 1660, Jesse Kip
was the fourth son of Jacob Henrickzen Kip and his wife, Maria de la
Montagne. Very little is known of Kip's early years. The year of 1674
would have been about the time that Kip should have begun his
apprenticeship, but there is no record of this. Among the several master
silversmiths in New York at that time were Jeuriaen Blanck, Sr., Ahasuerus
Henricks, Cornelius van der Burgh, and Jacob Boelen. It is probable that
Kip served under one of them. He was admitted as a freeman in 1700, and
during the preceding three years he served as one of the assessors in the
North Ward.

Kip's silver is perhaps the rarest in existence today--less than a dozen
pieces are known to have survived the melting pot. His silversmithing
period extended from about 1682 to 1710, when he moved from New York to
Newtown, Long Island, where he died in 1722. Among the few known surviving
pieces of Kip silver are two sucket forks, two bowls, a porringer, and
three tankards, one of which is in this catalogue.