The William Sims Silversmith Shop

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Title:
The William Sims Silversmith Shop Historic St. Augustine
Series Title:
St. Augustine Restoration, Inc. Interpretive Material
Physical Description:
Mixed Material
Publisher:
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
Physical Location:
Box: 1SW6
Divider: [St. Augustine Restoration, Inc. Interpretive Material]

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Saint Augustine (Fla.)
12 Charlotte Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Sims House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage:
North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 12 Charlotte Street
Coordinates:
29.896045 x -81.312121

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3.71

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
B7-L12
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USACH00001:00009


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SThis is a frame house-shop combination typical
of the kind built by English refugees from the Ameri-
can Revolution in the 1780's. A silversmith named--
S William Sims from Charleston operated such a shop
in St. Augustine during the British era, migrating
from South Carolina with all his tools and posses -
sions. The exact location of his establishments un -
S known; this building only reproduces the edifice.



Sims was a bachelor, whose meals were prepared
and laundry done by a Negro slave woman who lived
and worked in the small matching shed to the west.
He utilizedthe center area as a living room, phow -
room, and reception room. The gateleg table is a
late 18th century antique. So is the pitcher. Against
the east wall is a 19th century copy of a Chippendale
chair.

SThe small display case contains an assortment
of antique sterling silver spoons from various periods
between 1750 and 1800, plus a heavy pewter one from
the early 1700's. The northeast wall case contains
on its upper shelf a pair of Georgian pewter candle -
Ssticks, an 1800-model candle-wick trimmer (some -
times wrongly called a "snuffer") and tray of silver
plate, a cutwork sterling silver basket dated 1785 by
its hallmarks, and a plated-silver ladle: the lower
S shelf displays a modern reproduction of a 1790-model
English tureen or serving dish, a mid-19th century
sterling silver copy of a 1760 "pipkin", (used for
pouring hot water or milk into a cup or pot), a typi -
S cal 1785-model English pewter "tea- caddy" with bone-
-handled lid and a lock and key (to keep servants' from
S removing tea in the owner's absence), and a modern"-,
Sreproduction of a 1760 English pewter pitcher. I.


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The double case in the southeast corner contains, --". .
on its upper shelf an early 19th century silver-plated..
desk set with two inkwells and a center holder for' a-
sealing-wax candle, a pewter double lens fish-oil ,, .
reading lamp recorded from 1790, and a 1780 antique.- .,
cylindrical pewter one-pint measure; below on the- ;.:. ,
lower shelf stands a pair of antique silver "baluster.'
style candle-sticks (so called because they are shaped
ike -balusters on stairways in classical Georgian' ;'.:
'architecture), a brass ladle, and a late 18th century.,;., ;
pewter pitcher with hinged lid and bearing.anEnglish '.
hallmark on its bottom. Hanging on the exterior of
the showcase is an antique copper cooking pan.
. ,. -- -


The western half of the large room served as the .
- silversmith's shop. Thedozens of assortediron tools' ',
s uch as the miniature vise-anvils and hammers are .:-
antiques-of the period. Sois the accountant's desk, -'
on top of which setsan even older silver-plated coffee .;'
pot with walnut handle and bone rosette lid knob.- ..
Likewise of early 19th century manufacture are the,
keys and the brass scales on the wall.

Other featured items of furnishing are modern '.
"' 'reproductions made in our shop: the wire- reducer
with -its thick belt, massive haridles, and set of dies '
: fort shaping silver wire is well as reducing its dia--'
-meter; the work'-befich against the north wall, with -
paces for three apprentices to work, .the huge bel- .
l 'ows beside the fireplace where.casting is done; the ";ii
S".;reed chairs, of a. type. probably made locally in the,:-;.
^':i18th century., 'O the railing .between -workshop and '(iA
r. exception area is a small display rack for.. exhibiting ,
;; :different styles of. spoons available to the customers :


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The north wing of the building was used by Mi, '
:- Sims as a bedroom and dressing room. Antiques-of
-i: 'the period are: the dresser, with its.wig stand and-
'. jewel box; the large "blanket chest", used principally
Sto tore clothing in an era without closets; the Turkish
.riug on the floor, and the candle-holder on the table.

-, Early 19th century pieces are: the wash. stand
i""with mirror, pitcher, and bowl; the table in "Chinese
Chippendale" style; and the Hepplewhite lyre back
armchair.

S_ Modern reproductions of period items are the
-, :bed, the reed chairs, the table items, and the two
w' .wall decorations (soldier print and map of Florida).


- .. S &
--Owned by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.

O-.Operated by:


HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE
.- PRESERVATION BOARD
S- Division of Cultural Affairs -
Department of State
_. Florida. .










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The william sims .

SILVER SMITH


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SThis is a frame house-shop combination typical
of the kind built by English refugees from the Ameri-
can Revolution in the 1780's. A silversmith named--
S William Sims from Charleston operated such a shop
in St. Augustine during the British era, migrating
from South Carolina with all his tools and posses -
sions. The exact location of his establishments un -
S known; this building only reproduces the edifice.



Sims was a bachelor, whose meals were prepared
and laundry done by a Negro slave woman who lived
and worked in the small matching shed to the west.
He utilizedthe center area as a living room, phow -
room, and reception room. The gateleg table is a
late 18th century antique. So is the pitcher. Against
the east wall is a 19th century copy of a Chippendale
chair.

SThe small display case contains an assortment
of antique sterling silver spoons from various periods
between 1750 and 1800, plus a heavy pewter one from
the early 1700's. The northeast wall case contains
on its upper shelf a pair of Georgian pewter candle -
Ssticks, an 1800-model candle-wick trimmer (some -
times wrongly called a "snuffer") and tray of silver
plate, a cutwork sterling silver basket dated 1785 by
its hallmarks, and a plated-silver ladle: the lower
S shelf displays a modern reproduction of a 1790-model
English tureen or serving dish, a mid-19th century
sterling silver copy of a 1760 "pipkin", (used for
pouring hot water or milk into a cup or pot), a typi -
S cal 1785-model English pewter "tea- caddy" with bone-
-handled lid and a lock and key (to keep servants' from
S removing tea in the owner's absence), and a modern"-,
Sreproduction of a 1760 English pewter pitcher. I.


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:; '. i ,-. :: : :, i -, .; i. }. .,.o .- . : -, ", -;.; ,% : .








The double case in the southeast corner contains, --". .
on its upper shelf an early 19th century silver-plated..
desk set with two inkwells and a center holder for' a-
sealing-wax candle, a pewter double lens fish-oil ,, .
reading lamp recorded from 1790, and a 1780 antique.- .,
cylindrical pewter one-pint measure; below on the- ;.:. ,
lower shelf stands a pair of antique silver "baluster.'
style candle-sticks (so called because they are shaped
ike -balusters on stairways in classical Georgian' ;'.:
'architecture), a brass ladle, and a late 18th century.,;., ;
pewter pitcher with hinged lid and bearing.anEnglish '.
hallmark on its bottom. Hanging on the exterior of
the showcase is an antique copper cooking pan.
. ,. -- -


The western half of the large room served as the .
- silversmith's shop. Thedozens of assortediron tools' ',
s uch as the miniature vise-anvils and hammers are .:-
antiques-of the period. Sois the accountant's desk, -'
on top of which setsan even older silver-plated coffee .;'
pot with walnut handle and bone rosette lid knob.- ..
Likewise of early 19th century manufacture are the,
keys and the brass scales on the wall.

Other featured items of furnishing are modern '.
"' 'reproductions made in our shop: the wire- reducer
with -its thick belt, massive haridles, and set of dies '
: fort shaping silver wire is well as reducing its dia--'
-meter; the work'-befich against the north wall, with -
paces for three apprentices to work, .the huge bel- .
l 'ows beside the fireplace where.casting is done; the ";ii
S".;reed chairs, of a. type. probably made locally in the,:-;.
^':i18th century., 'O the railing .between -workshop and '(iA
r. exception area is a small display rack for.. exhibiting ,
;; :different styles of. spoons available to the customers :


.-.' . -.t .- .' -
-. '. '. -"," .

f ... .o &.. .:. .:




- '. -' -" '.' .
.- .. .' -* -.. .


The north wing of the building was used by Mi, '
:- Sims as a bedroom and dressing room. Antiques-of
-i: 'the period are: the dresser, with its.wig stand and-
'. jewel box; the large "blanket chest", used principally
Sto tore clothing in an era without closets; the Turkish
.riug on the floor, and the candle-holder on the table.

-, Early 19th century pieces are: the wash. stand
i""with mirror, pitcher, and bowl; the table in "Chinese
Chippendale" style; and the Hepplewhite lyre back
armchair.

S_ Modern reproductions of period items are the
-, :bed, the reed chairs, the table items, and the two
w' .wall decorations (soldier print and map of Florida).


- .. S &
--Owned by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.

O-.Operated by:


HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE
.- PRESERVATION BOARD
S- Division of Cultural Affairs -
Department of State
_. Florida. .










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The william sims .

SILVER SMITH


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H SOPt



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-1 .., .- J ..' .








44 itoic
.acAO 5te fn



_- -g. u
,. . ._ -
" -r" i


..a .




.. '
S'-I 1 -




SThis is a frame house-shop combination typical
of the kind built by English refugees from the Ameri-
can Revolution in the 1780's. A silversmith named--
S William Sims from Charleston operated such a shop
in St. Augustine during the British era, migrating
from South Carolina with all his tools and posses -
sions. The exact location of his establishments un -
S known; this building only reproduces the edifice.



Sims was a bachelor, whose meals were prepared
and laundry done by a Negro slave woman who lived
and worked in the small matching shed to the west.
He utilizedthe center area as a living room, phow -
room, and reception room. The gateleg table is a
late 18th century antique. So is the pitcher. Against
the east wall is a 19th century copy of a Chippendale
chair.

SThe small display case contains an assortment
of antique sterling silver spoons from various periods
between 1750 and 1800, plus a heavy pewter one from
the early 1700's. The northeast wall case contains
on its upper shelf a pair of Georgian pewter candle -
Ssticks, an 1800-model candle-wick trimmer (some -
times wrongly called a "snuffer") and tray of silver
plate, a cutwork sterling silver basket dated 1785 by
its hallmarks, and a plated-silver ladle: the lower
S shelf displays a modern reproduction of a 1790-model
English tureen or serving dish, a mid-19th century
sterling silver copy of a 1760 "pipkin", (used for
pouring hot water or milk into a cup or pot), a typi -
S cal 1785-model English pewter "tea- caddy" with bone-
-handled lid and a lock and key (to keep servants' from
S removing tea in the owner's absence), and a modern"-,
Sreproduction of a 1760 English pewter pitcher. I.


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,, "7 :'. .. . .. : .- -i ; .
:; '. i ,-. :: : :, i -, .; i. }. .,.o .- . : -, ", -;.; ,% : .








The double case in the southeast corner contains, --". .
on its upper shelf an early 19th century silver-plated..
desk set with two inkwells and a center holder for' a-
sealing-wax candle, a pewter double lens fish-oil ,, .
reading lamp recorded from 1790, and a 1780 antique.- .,
cylindrical pewter one-pint measure; below on the- ;.:. ,
lower shelf stands a pair of antique silver "baluster.'
style candle-sticks (so called because they are shaped
ike -balusters on stairways in classical Georgian' ;'.:
'architecture), a brass ladle, and a late 18th century.,;., ;
pewter pitcher with hinged lid and bearing.anEnglish '.
hallmark on its bottom. Hanging on the exterior of
the showcase is an antique copper cooking pan.
. ,. -- -


The western half of the large room served as the .
- silversmith's shop. Thedozens of assortediron tools' ',
s uch as the miniature vise-anvils and hammers are .:-
antiques-of the period. Sois the accountant's desk, -'
on top of which setsan even older silver-plated coffee .;'
pot with walnut handle and bone rosette lid knob.- ..
Likewise of early 19th century manufacture are the,
keys and the brass scales on the wall.

Other featured items of furnishing are modern '.
"' 'reproductions made in our shop: the wire- reducer
with -its thick belt, massive haridles, and set of dies '
: fort shaping silver wire is well as reducing its dia--'
-meter; the work'-befich against the north wall, with -
paces for three apprentices to work, .the huge bel- .
l 'ows beside the fireplace where.casting is done; the ";ii
S".;reed chairs, of a. type. probably made locally in the,:-;.
^':i18th century., 'O the railing .between -workshop and '(iA
r. exception area is a small display rack for.. exhibiting ,
;; :different styles of. spoons available to the customers :


.-.' . -.t .- .' -
-. '. '. -"," .

f ... .o &.. .:. .:




- '. -' -" '.' .
.- .. .' -* -.. .


The north wing of the building was used by Mi, '
:- Sims as a bedroom and dressing room. Antiques-of
-i: 'the period are: the dresser, with its.wig stand and-
'. jewel box; the large "blanket chest", used principally
Sto tore clothing in an era without closets; the Turkish
.riug on the floor, and the candle-holder on the table.

-, Early 19th century pieces are: the wash. stand
i""with mirror, pitcher, and bowl; the table in "Chinese
Chippendale" style; and the Hepplewhite lyre back
armchair.

S_ Modern reproductions of period items are the
-, :bed, the reed chairs, the table items, and the two
w' .wall decorations (soldier print and map of Florida).


- .. S &
--Owned by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.

O-.Operated by:


HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE
.- PRESERVATION BOARD
S- Division of Cultural Affairs -
Department of State
_. Florida. .










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