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Tate House Museum

Imitation topaz, Portland, ca. 1800

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MMN Item 100343 Item Details
Imitation topaz, Portland, ca. 1800
MMN Item 100343 Zoom


This imitation topaz set in silverplate descended from Joseph Ingraham, a successful merchant and skilled silversmith who married Captain George Tate's granddaughter Ann in 1789.

The Tates were merchants and George Tate, who moved to Portland from England in 1750, was the king's mast agent until the Revolutionary War.

Ingraham may have intended to use the stone as a watch fob. It was later owned by his grandson, Darius Holbrook Ingraham.

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