1977.15.9 | Spoon
John Barry (c. 1815 - 1867)
About 1850, 19th century
2.8 x 14.5 cm
Gift of Marion C. Pennington, 1977
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
John Barry Jr. (about 1815-1867) was born in Ireland, almost certainly in West Cork, of Norman-Irish, Church of Ireland ancestry. Brought to New Brunswick by his parents, John and Ann Barry, in 1820, John Jr. was apprenticed in silversmithing in Saint John. He took out Freeman's papers as a silversmith in 1838 and was quietly absorbed into the larger business community. Three years later he was married, in Trinity Anglican Church, to a Saint John native, Frances Bartlett Baird.
Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
John Barry's silver is sometimes marked BARRY, JBARRY or J.B/NB, with accompanying pseudo marks.
As an industry, silversmithing continued longer in New Brunswick than in the other Atlantic Provinces. It was finally undermined, however, by imports from the U.S. and Britain.
In 1852, John Barry was awarded the First Prize, Best Silversmith's Work by the New Brunswick Society for the Encouragement of Trade Exhibition.
In 1849, Barry purchased the stock of another prominent silversmith, John Munro.