Fletcher, Thomas

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Thomas Fletcher was born in Alstead, N.H. in 1787. By 1806, he was apprenticed to Joseph C. Dyer as a shopkeeper. His name first appears in a Boston city directory in 1809 as a jeweler in partnership with Sidney Gardiner, a silversmith. In 1808, Fletcher and Gardiner went into business together. By 1810 the firm had several people in its employ, including the partners' younger brothers, Charles Fletcher and Baldwin Gardiner. Although their business prospered in Boston, in 1811, they moved to Philadelphia, Pa. By 1812 Fletcher and Gardiner were so well known that they were chosen to make a large number of trophies commemorating American victories in the War of 1812. Subsequently, Fletcher began traveling to England and France, while Gardiner managed the manufactory and tended shop. Fletcher took care of financial matters and selected the imported goods that constituted the mainstay of the business. As additional apprentices and journeymen were added to the shop, George Fletcher assumed charge of the manufactory, enabling Gardiner to develop business ties in Mexico. Gardiner died in Vera Cruz in 1827.

Shortly after Gardiner's death, the name of Calvin W. Bennett appears in personal and business correspondence. He probably replaced Charles Fletcher, who worked in the front shop selling goods and keeping the books. Around 1825 or 1826, Charles became an agent for the firm, promoting its jewelry and plate. Bennett eventually became a partner in the company and it operated as Fletcher & Bennett from 1835 to 1839.

Although Fletcher's silver was in demand during the 1830s, he had severe money problems. By 1842, his creditors had put his manufactory in the hands of an assignee. In May 1842, his business was auctioned at a considerable loss. Fletcher continued to live in Philadelphia until 1850, when he was forced to sell his boarding house. He moved to Delanco, N.J., where he lived until his death in 1866.

From the description of Papers, 1815-1867. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84666111

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referencedIn VERSE compositions of Gloster Ridley, of New College, Oxford, afterwards D.D., in Latin and English, apparently while at college; viz.:-1. Translations from the Odes of Horace, ff. 2-26, 46-51. 2. "Verses upon Prayer," f. 27. 3. Fables; viz.:-"The Pi... British Library
creatorOf Fletcher, Thomas, 1787-1866. Papers, 1815-1867. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Vol. ii. Jan. 1772-June, 1773.John Caillaud, Brigadier-General: Letters to W. Hastings: 1772-1808.Sir John Mcpherson, Member of the Council, afterwards Governor-General of India: Letters to W. Hastings: 1772-1786.includes:ff. 1-207, passim Joseph Fow... British Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Coast Guard. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Wills of individuals, before A.D. 1700: T. Fleccher, of Tonbridge: 1432.Thomas Fletcher, of Tonbridge: Will: 1432. British Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
referencedIn Vol. XIII (ff. 276). July, 1824-June, 1825.George IV of England: Correspondence and papers of W. Huskisson: 1820-1830.includes:ff. 1, 263 Stratford Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe: Correspondence with W. Huskisson: 1824-1828. ff. 1, 7-9 Br... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XVI (ff. 326). 11 Feb.-June, 1827.Corn: Letters and papers rel. to the Corn Bill: 1827.George IV of England: Correspondence and papers of W. Huskisson: 1820-1830.includes:ff. 1-6, 84-89, 149, 272, 289, 303 Frederick John Robinson, Viscount Gode... British Library
referencedIn (V. ff. 339). Jan.-Oct. 1793.Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke: Correspondence rel. to the Cambridgeshire Militia: 1757-1790.Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke: Correspondence rel. to the Cambridgeshire Militia: 1790-1834.includes:ff. 1, 13, 15, 2... British Library
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associatedWith Fletcher, Henry. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Martha. person
associatedWith Gardiner, Baldwin. person
associatedWith Gardiner, Sidney. person
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associatedWith Otis, Isaac. person
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British Guiana, South America
United States of America
Odessa, Ukraine
Demerara, British Guiana
West Indies, America
New South Wales, Australia
Santa Cruz, West Indies
New Brunswick, North America
Tasmania, Australia
Liverpool, Lancashire
Black Sea, Asia
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Library catalogs
Clocks and watches
Consignment sales
Interior lighting
Jewelry stores
Manufacturers' agents
Shipment of goods
Silver industry
Silver plated ware
Young women
Young women


Birth 1787

Death 1866



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