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Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker, is a figure about whom biographical details are sparse. He lived at Eccleston on the edge of what became the industrial town of St Helens in Lancashire. Many people with the name of ...

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Le Marchand, David (1674–1726), ivory carver, was born on 12 October 1674 in Dieppe, the son of Guillaume le Marchand, a painter and possibly also a carver of ivory, and his wife, Madeleine Levasseur, who married in 1658. After the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685 ...

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Lewis, Joseph (fl. 1750–1774), poet and ivory-turner, was born of untraced parentage, at an unknown date, possibly in Wales. By 1750 he was already living in London, but lines he wrote in praise of Sir John Philipps suggest that he may have spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of the ...

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Osborn, John (c. 1580–c. 1634), worker in pressed horn and whalebone, was born in Worcestershire, where he appears to have been engaged in making cases, sheaths, or small boxes in horn and other material. About 1600 he emigrated to the Netherlands, possibly for religious reasons, and settled at ...