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No. S077
A Very Rare American Silver Half-Pint Mug

Made by Daniel Christian Fueter
New York c.1755
Height 4 (10cm); Weight 6.25 troy oz (194g)

Condition Report
An early and very rare piece of American silver
(The Met Museum has only three pieces by Daniel Fueter)
Marked 'N. York' and 'DCF' twice
The mug has had it's foot strengthened at some point but not recently,
however this has obscured part of the marks, but they are readable.
Also there is a very old repair to the rim which can be seen in the penultimate picture
(this could have happened at time of making)
Old little knocks and scratching all over
For references and maker's marks see:
American Silversmiths and their Marks by Ensko
London Goldsmiths 1697 - 1837 by Grimwade

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Daniel Christian Fueter (1720 - 1785)
Daniel Fueter was born in Berne, Switzerland on 14th April 1720.
He worked there as a silversmith until he took part in a conspiracy with the poet Samuel Henzi
to overthrow the aristocratic government. In 1749 he was caught and sentenced to death.
But he managed to escape to London where he entered his maker's mark at Goldsmiths' Hall on 8th December 1753
with his address as "King's Road, Chelsea, next door to the Man In The Moon."
(Samuel Henzi didn't fair so well, he was beheaded on 17th July 1749).

His stay in London could not have been for long as he was advertising as a silversmith in New York in May of 1754
with the address of "Near the Brew-house, facing Oswego Market"
In 1763 he relocated to Dock Street, New York.
A couple of years later Daniel Fueter took the oath of the Colonial Naturalisation Act of 1740.
1779 saw his son, Lewis Fueter, take over the running of the family business as his father returned to Berne.