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Ash, Claudius (1792–1854), silversmith and dental supplier, the second son of Sarjeant Ash (bap. 1755, d. 1820), silversmith, and his wife, Lydia, was born in London on 2 March 1792 and baptized with his younger brother William on 18 May 1794. At the time of his birth, and for several years before, it is likely that the family was settled in the neighbourhood of ...

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Baily, Edward Hodges (1788–1867), sculptor and designer and modeller of silver, was born on 10 March 1788 at Bristol, the son of William Baily, a ship's carver, and his wife, Martha. After leaving school at the age of fourteen Baily was placed in a merchant's counting house where he remained for two years. He formed an acquaintance with a local artist called ...

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Bateman [née Neden, Needham], Hester (bap. 1708, d. 1794), silversmith, was baptized on 7 October 1708 at St Michael-le-Querne, Paternoster Row, in the City of London, the daughter of John Neden or Needham. Little is known of her early life, but as she was unable to sign her name it must be assumed that any education she received was rudimentary. She was living in the parish of ...

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Drury, Dru (1725–1804), silversmith and naturalist, was born on 4 February 1725, probably in Lad Lane, Wood Street, London, the son of Drew Drury, silversmith, and only surviving child of the eight children of his father's second marriage, to Mary Hesketh. (The unusual forename was bestowed through many generations, from ...

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David Rogerson Mellor (1930–2009) by Michael Boys, 1960s © Michael Boys / David Mellor Design Ltd.

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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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Pitts family (per. 1737–1870), silversmiths, can be traced back to Thomas [ii] Pitts (b. c. 1723, d. 1794/5?), son of Thomas [i] Pitts of St Mary, Whitechapel, London. He was apprenticed to Charles Hatfield in 1737 and turned over to David Willaume...

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