Harvey Lewis' originality is shown with the well-known inkstand with feet in the form of sphinxes wearing feathered headdresses, made circa 1815, and now in the Garvan Collection at Yale. The script mark used on the coasters may be an earlier mark, possibly used before his partnership with Smith. Their jont mark is also in script. His later mark in Roman letters appears after the break-up of the partnership in 1811. The style of these coasters would tend to support this dating, for in English silver they would date from about 1800. Coasters are extremely rare in American silver before the mid nineteenth century. The only hitherto recorded pair is the well know pair by Myer Myers in the New York Historical Society, illus. Jeanette Rosenbaum, Myer Myers, Goldsmith, 1723-1795, pl. 11, p. 77
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