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Backwell, Edward (c. 1619–1683), goldsmith and banker, the son of Barnaby Backwell of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, a yeoman, was apprenticed in 1635 to Thomas Vyner, a leading goldsmith. He became free of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1651, of which he was to be prime warden in 1660....

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Bowes, Sir Martin (1496/7–1566), goldsmith and mayor of London, was born in York in the parish of St Cuthbert, Peaseholme. Despite his disclaimer in 1549 that at the time of his going thirty-eight years previously to London at the age of fourteen (...

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Child, Sir Francis, the elder (1641/2–1713), goldsmith and banker, was baptized on 14 December 1642, the sixth son of Robert Child, clothier of Heddington, near Devizes, Wiltshire, and his wife, Jane. He had eight brothers and two sisters. On 6 March 1657 Child...

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Gilbert, Sir Alfred (1854–1934), sculptor and goldsmith, was born on 12 August 1854 at 13 Berners Street, off Oxford Street in London, the eldest of the four children of Alfred Gilbert (1828–1902), an organist and editor of eighteenth-century musical texts, and his wife, ...

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Martin, Sir Richard (1533/4–1617), goldsmith, whose early life is obscure, was sworn free of the Goldsmiths' Company of London in 1555. He subsequently took no fewer than forty apprentices and served four times as prime warden of the company. His standing as one of the most important goldsmiths of his day is further evidenced by his appointment both to the office of warden of the ...

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Mellor, David Rogerson (1930–2009), silversmith and industrial designer, was born on 5 October 1930 at 181 Tapton Hill Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Colin Mellor, a toolmaker at the Sheffield Twist Drill Company, and his wife, Ivy, née...

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Hugh, baronet (1556x60?–1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born probably between 1555 and 1560 at Galch Hill in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire, north Wales. He was the sixth son of the nine sons and seven daughters of Richard Myddelton (...

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Revere, Paul (bap. 1734, d. 1818), craftsman and revolutionary leader in America, was baptized at the New Brick Church in Boston, Massachusetts, on 22 December 1734, the second of seven surviving children of Apollos Rivoire (1702–1754), a French Huguenot silversmith who emigrated to ...

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Sprimont, Nicholas (bap. 1715, d. 1771), goldsmith and porcelain manufacturer, was baptized in Liège on 23 January 1715, the son of Pierre Sprimont and Gertrude Goffin, and may have been apprenticed there to his uncle Nicholas Joseph Sprimont (c.1678–1744). Given his knowledge of French silver and porcelain it is likely that he also trained in ...

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Vyner [Viner], Sir Thomas, first baronet (1588–1665), goldsmith and banker, was born on 15 December 1588 at North Cerney in Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Vyner, of a Warwickshire family, and his second wife, Anne. The younger Thomas was apprenticed in London, first to his half-sister's husband, ...