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Inventory of James Smithson's Belongings, 1829

Inventory of James Smithson's Belongings,1829, Page 1

(Note: "Do" means ditto, a repetition of the item listed directly above)

An Inventory of the Effects left at Genoa by the late 
James Smithson Esqr with a Valuation thereof transmitted 
by the British consul

    Francs  Cents [centimes]
 A carriage complete    2,500  
 twenty six silver Forks      
 one Salad Dº      
 eight Desert Spoons      
 eighteen spoons      
 four sauce Ladles      
 one Soup ladle    1,050  
 four salt spoons      
 three sugar ladles  Weighing 193 1/4 ounces    
 one tea shell  of Silver valued by    
 three silver head corks  Mr A. Canissa, a goldsmith    
 two silver vessels      
 one toasting fork      
 two paste board boxes containing medals, coins, stones, etc.      
 an English gold repeater    200  
 a Geneva gold watch -- This watch was in possession of      
 Herman Fropwell servant to the late Mr. Smithson      
 at the time of his masters death and for which      
 the said Herman is to account for    60  
 one hundred and twelve napoleons in gold and      
 thirty-four francs sixty cents in the hands of    2274  60
 Messrs Gibbs & Comp     ________
608460
     
       
Inventory of James Smithson's Belongings,1829, Page 2
    6084 60
Cash in hands of Messrs Gibbs & Co at the time  
of Mr. Smithsons death 3634  74
     
two gold snuff boxes, a tooth pick case and    
2 shirt buttons 417 00 
one pin with sixteen small diamonds 33  34
one ring with composition set in diamonds 66  73
one ditto of agate 3 40
one ring, a cameo head of a moor 50 00
two small boxes, one of tortoise shell
and the other of amber 6 30
a gold ring 13
a small silver pick case 6 00
a clasp of gold with hair 16 67
clasp with diamonds 203 34
pin with hair and diamonds 34 67
a cameo 50 00
ring with diamonds 92 00
sixteen shirts    
nineteen cravats    
forty-four pocket Handkerchiefs    
Thirteen pair of stockings    
Three night caps    
Two pair drawers    
Two pair of sheets    
Three pillow cases    
  10682  49
  6084  60
  10682 49
Inventory of James Smithson's Belongings,1829, Page 3

(Note: "Do" means ditto, a repetition of the item listed directly above)

    10682 49
 seven waistcoasts      
 Two flannel Dº  valued to  400  00
 Six pair of Pantaloons      
 Two cloth Dº      
 Three Coats      
 1 night-gown      
 1 dressing Coat      
 Two pair of braces      
 Four pair of gloves       
 one telescope    60  00
 Many other small articles    100  00
 One parcel containing papers relative to the      
 Grand Canal      
 Several parcels of papers & five books      
 One parcel 13 certificates Spanish stock      
 Paris, 4th Sepr 1822 negotiation      
 ___[illegible]___ a Mons. Smithson      
 350 piastres rente d'Espagne par value      
 courante á 63 3/4 frc 24097 50      
 Invit 30   __________    
   fr 24,127 50    
      11242.49


Inventory of James Smithson's Belongings,1829, Page 4
9 1/2 1409 a 1417 de 20 piastres chacune  
 1 46 " 10  
 3 1401 a 1403 de 20 Do ferant 350 de rente signé Mariez  
 which 350 at 63 3/4 amounted to 24097-50 and now  
 at 10 as per Courier of the 16th Novbr 1829 received  
 the 20th inst make  3780
   
 Promissory note for 295 francs dated 1st June 1824   
 due by Alexis Silenne  295
 Bond for 20000 francs dated 8th July 1828  
 due by Sailly and Soeur of Paris  20000
 Bill for 2000f. dated 8 feby 1822 drawn  
 by Mr. Sailly accepted by Mr Smithson  2000
 bank note for L100 No 14419 19 Decr 1827  
 in the hands of Messrs Gibbs & Co.  2500
   
 Parcel containing accounts and letters from  
 Messrs Drummond & Comp  
Catalogue of Smithson's wardrobe left in the Desk by Dr. H. King, 1841-1842, Front

(Note: Dr. Henry King was the curator of the National Institute in Washington which stored Smithson's belongings from 1841 when they were shipped from New York to Washington until they were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution after its establishment in 1846.)

(Note: "dº" means ditto, a repetition of the item listed directly above)

Catalogue of 
Smithson's wardrobe left 
in the Desk by Dr. H. King 
Curator at the time 
of the Receipt of the Smithson 
collection

Catalogue of Smithson's wardrobe left in the Desk by Dr. H. King, 1841-1842, Back
Catalogue of Smithson Wardrobe, etc.    
1 net shirt 4 pr. stockings  
4 Sheets 1 Cloth overcoat/cloth  
11 Napkins 1 military coat/cloth  All nearly
2 light Coats 1 Hunting dº/cloth destoyed by
5 light vests 1 Cloak/cloth moths
1 Bag  1 Surtout/cloth  
4 roundabouts  1 pr. pants/cloth 
5 light pants & short breeches  2 vests/cloth
1 Bib  1 Chapeau 
3 drawers     
3 pr garters