Exhibits A Long Island Silversmith: Elias Pelletreau, 1726–1810
Master & Apprentice
At the age of fifteen, Southampton native, Elias Pelletreau, entered into a seven-year apprenticeship with New York City goldsmith, Simeon Soumaine (bap. 1685–ca.1750). The choice of master may have been influenced by a shared Huguenot ancestry. Pelletreau's indenture was a standard agreement whereby the teenager was to be taught the "art or mystery" of the goldsmith and be provided with "Meat, Drink, Lodging, and Washing fitting for an Apprentice," in return for seven years of unpaid service.