Samuel Casey was born in Newport, RI in 1723 or 1724, and became a freeman in Exeter RI; he moved to Little Rest (now South Kingston) by 1750, where he is described as silversmith and merchant. In September 1764 his house and shop were destroyed by a fire which spread from the forge. Frequently in debt after this disaster, in 1770 he was imprisoned for counterfeiting coins and sentenced to death by hanging. A mob with blackened faces attacked the jail and freed the prisoners. Casey went into hiding, but was eventually pardoned in September 1770 by the appeal of his wife.
Casey was the maker of the silver mounts on the Nathaniel Appleton secretary bookcase, attributed to Job Townsend of Rhode Island (sold Sotheby’s , New York, January 17 1999, lot 704). The only known example of silver mounts on Colonial North American furniture, the piece sold for $8.25 million, the second-highest price paid for American furniture at auction.