Apprenticed from 1626 to 1635 to William Rawlins in London England 1
Sanderson's mark was registered at Goldsmith's Hall in London in 1635, but he left soon after for the colonies. He was one of the first settlers in Hampton, New Hampshire. After three years he moved to Watertown, Massachusetts and from there to Boston. 3
He was a partner from circa 1652 to 1683 with John Hull in Boston MA as HULL & SANDERSON. The earliest known piece of American silver is a dram cup made by the partners, now in the Yale University Art Gallery. The partnership orginally began after Hull was appointed Mint Master and recommended Sanderson as his partner. Sanderson came to Boston and was admitted as an inhabitant on 30 May 1653. 3
Tankard, c 1670-1680
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
h: 8 3/16"
d: 6 5/8" (base)
wt: 41 oz, 11 1/2 dwt
Made for Isaac and Mary (Balston) Vergoose. Only tankard known from the first generation of American smiths.
Cup, c 1675
h: 4 1/2"
d: 4 3/4" (of top)
Engraved S over T A for Thomas and Anne (Tyng) Shepherd.
Beaker (one of a pair), c 1678
h: 4 3/8"
Engraved "The Gift of L over T * A" The pair were bequeathed to the First Parish Church of Dorchester by Thomas and Alice Lake.
Caudle cup, c 1680
h: 3 13/16"
Engraved "The Gift of Eliezer Moody to the Church in Dedham 1720."
Robert married Mary Cross about 1641 in Hampton NH. (Mary Cross was born about 1607 in Hampton NH and died on 21 Jun 1681 in New Haven CT.)