North Carolina bright cut snuff box, circa 1809, marked twice “DECOSTA.” In the 2nd revision of George
Barton Cutten’s The Silversmiths of North
Carolina, published in 1984, the following appears:
a Raleigh paper of June 1, 1809, Decosta claimed that he worked in the shop of
Jehu Scott for two or three years prior to going into business for himself.
Jeweller & Silver-Smith, from Europe,
Informs the Public, that he has commenced business for himself in Raleigh, where he solicits patronage.-Having acquired a
thorough knowledge of his business, under the first masters in Europe, and
having considerable experience in some of the principal Work-shops in America,
he is confident in being able to give satisfaction to those who may employ
him. For specimens of his skill he
refers to the difficult, fine, and elegant work which has been done for two
or three years past in Mr. Jehu Scott’s shop in this city, which has been done
As the advertiser is master of the business
he professes, he deems it unnecessary to enumerate the kinds of work which he
will undertake. All Gold and Silver,
table beaufet [sic] furniture, Ladies ornaments, and every thing appertaining
to his business will be neatly and expeditiously executed, and on reasonable terms.
Raleigh, June 1, 1809
N. B. Cash given for old Gold and Silver
monogram appears to be “LT.” Length is
3¼ inches, width is 1¾ inches and depth is 13/16 inches. Condition is good showing appropriate wear
based on the age of the box.