WELCOME TO THE ASA BLANCHARD COLLECTION® AND LEXINGTON SILVER®
FROM THE LAND WHERE BOURBON BEGAN ...
Although we are a new company, our inspiration is drawn from the timeless designs of Lexington, Kentucky silversmith Asa Blanchard (1787-1838). A deep appreciation of all things Kentucky -- horses, hospitality and a never-ending supply of distilled spirits, especially bourbon -- led us to re-discover the fine designs of Asa Blanchard. Our aim is to reproduce some of his classic pieces and create new designs based on elements of his originals to produce "The Asa Blanchard Collection"® by Lexington Silver®.
Before Kentucky's celebrated julep cup, there was Asa's beaker -- a small silver cup shaped like the charred-oak barrels used to age the distilled mixture of limestone-rich water, Kentucky corn and wheat into the finest bourbon. Asa's silver barrel beakers were unusual and difficult to make. When the traditional julep cup emerged, Asa Blanchard made those, too. With their smoothly tapered sides and simple base and top, they would have been far easier to produce in a timely fashion.
As far as we can tell, Asa's barrel beakers were not widely copied, most likely because they require extremely sophisticated skills to reproduce. We are proud to say that after 200 years we have re-mastered the fine art of producing the barrel beaker using only the finest Lead-free Pewter and Sterling Silver. Our line of products celebrate the deeply embedded culture of central Kentucky's Bluegrass region and are proudly made the old-fashioned way (by hand) in the United States of America.
Portrait of Asa Blanchard (about 1817-1820) by Matthew Harris Jouett, American, 1788 – 1827
Oil on canvas
27 x 21 5/8 in. (68.6 x 54.9 cm.)
Gift of Rowland D. and Eleanor Bingham Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Owsley Brown II, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, and John S. Speed, 2000.4.1
Collection of the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
A grouping of barrel beakers from the Asa Blanchard Collection
3" Originals in the foreground; 4" Slims in the back
Slims do double-duty as beakers or beverage holders.