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Edward Backwell (c. 1619–1683) by unknown engraver, pubd 1797 © Copyright The British Museum

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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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Briot, Nicholas (1579–1646), coin- and seal-engraver and medallist, was born at Damblein in Bassigny, duchy of Bar, France, the son of Didier Briot, merchant. Between 1606 and 1625 he was engraver-general at the Paris mint, where he experimented with machinery for striking coins, a subject which was to dominate his thinking for the rest of his life. Having set out his proposals in 1615 in a treatise entitled ...

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Gribelin, Simon (1662–1733), printmaker and metal-engraver, was born in Blois, France, the son of Jacob Gribelin, who was recorded as still living in Blois in 1691. The family was one of watchmakers and engravers. Gribelin moved to England about 1680, presumably anticipating the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and he appears to have remained close to the Huguenot community in ...

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Lamerie, Paul Jacques de (1688–1751), goldsmith, was born on 9 April 1688 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, the only child of Paul Souchay de la Merie and his wife, Constance le Roux. His father, an officer in William III's army, moved to London in 1689 and ...

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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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Nicholas Sprimont (bap. 1715, d. 1771) by unknown artist, c. 1759 [centre, with his wife, Ann (right), and his sister-in-law Susanna Protin (left)] E&H Manners

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Vyner [Viner], Sir Robert, baronet (1631–1688), goldsmith and banker, was born in Warwick, the third son of William Vyner and his second wife, Susannah, née Fulwood. The Vyner family belonged to what their seventeenth-century contemporaries often called ‘the middling sort’, and their story illustrates the extent of social mobility: ...

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Willaume, David (1658–1741), goldsmith, was born on 7 June 1658 on the Pont des Morts, Metz, France, the third of the six children of Adam Willaume (d. 1704), merchant goldsmith, and Anne, née Philippe (d. c.1706), who had married on 30 April 1651. ...

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