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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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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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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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Sir Martin Bowes (1496/77–1566) by unknown artist, 1562 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burman, Thomas (1617/18–1674), sculptor and metal-engraver, was born, according to an inscription on his tomb, in 1617 or 1618. He was apprenticed to Edward Marshall under the auspices of the Masons' Company of London in 1632 or 1633. From 1649 onwards he is recorded as living in ...

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Cane, Andrew (c. 1589–1656x61), goldsmith and actor, was the son of Robert Cane of Windsor, butcher; he may be the otherwise unnamed ‘Keane’, son of Robert Kene and Lucresia Andrews, who was baptized at the parish church of St John, Windsor, on 2 March 1589. He was apprenticed to ...

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Sir Francis Child the elder (1641/22–1713) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Crespin, Paul Daniel (1693/4–1770), goldsmith, was born in London, the son of the Huguenot Daniel Crespin of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Westminster. In June 1713, at the late age of nineteen, Paul Crespin was apprenticed to Jean Pons, goldsmith. Between July 1720 and December 1721 he entered his first two marks at ...