The Ten Eycks and Lansings were prominent silvermithing early Albany families. Like all "People of Colonial Albany" presentations, this community history expositions is primarily concerned with the lives of the makers and owners/users of any of their material legacies. The object-first or fine arts (or museum/curatorial/antiques) approachs to the topic represent the opposite ends of our presentations.
In 1756, three silversmiths were listed on the census of Albany householders.
Thoughout the second half of the eighteenth century, a number of Manhattan based silversmiths set up shop in Albany. These included: George Fielding; Henry Will;
After the War for Independence, a number of newcomer silversmiths established themselves in Albany elevating and commercializing the trade in "Albany Silver." They were prominent among the founders of the Albany Mechanics Society.
A number of online resources further describe the process! The silver collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art showcases the work of the individual artisans whose lives are being studied by the Colonial Albany Project.
first posted: 2003; last revised 10/11/10