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Benney, (Adrian) Gerald Sallis (1930–2008), goldsmith and silversmith, was born at 56 Westbourne Avenue, Sculcoates, Hull, on 21 April 1930, the younger son of Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney (1894–1966), an artist and designer who was then principal of the City of Hull College of Arts and Crafts...

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Bridge, John (1755–1834), jeweller, was born in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, on 21 January 1755, the eldest son of Thomas Bridge (d. 1792) and his wife, Mary (d. 1779). Following in the footsteps of his future partner, Philip Rundell, he was apprenticed in 1769 to the jeweller ...

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Brown, William (1748–1825), gem-engraver, was trained in London, but of his origins and family circumstances nothing is known. He suffered an early set-back in his career when, aged fourteen, he competed for a Royal Society of Arts drawing prize but, with four others, was disqualified for cheating; he was consequently ruled ineligible when he tried for the premium for intaglio-engraving in 1763. Nevertheless, in 1766 he began exhibiting engraved gems annually, first at the ...

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Burch, Edward (bap. 1730, d. 1814), gem-engraver, son of Andrew Burch and his wife, Hannah Roberts, was baptized on 30 October 1730 at St Botolph, Aldgate, in the East End of London. Originally a Thames waterman, he felt drawn towards the arts and taught himself seal engraving. On 7 November 1752 he married ...

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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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Dayus [née Greenhill; other married name Flood], Kate [pseud. Kathleen Dayus] (1903–2003), jewellery enameller and autobiographer, was born on the edge of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, at 20 Court 4 House, Camden Street, Hockley, on 1 February 1903, the fifth child of seven who survived infancy, to ...

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Georgie Evelyn Cave Gaskin (1866–1934) by William Smedley-Aston reproduced by permission of Birmingham Library Services

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Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave (1866–1934), designer, was born on 8 December 1866 at Cliff Cottage, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, the elder daughter of William Hanmer France, contractor's agent, and his wife, Frances Emily Cave-Brown-Cave. Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862–1928), artist, designer, and teacher...

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Charles Green (1844–1906) by Harold Baker, 1898 reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Green, Charles (1844–1906), manufacturing jeweller, was born at 77 Hockley Hill, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 5 January 1844, the son of Charles Green (1817–1865), jeweller, and his wife, Mary, née Mills (1817–1877). At the time of his birth his parents and two older brothers lived where ...