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Austen, William (fl. 1449–1454), metal-founder, is known only for his work on the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick (d. 1439), in the latter's chantry in St Mary's Church, Warwick. Documentary evidence for Austen's involvement survives in the form of seventeenth-century transcripts, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century copies of transcripts, taken from medieval contracts which appear to have been incomplete when the transcripts were made, and which are now lost....

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Benson, William Arthur Smith (1854–1924), metalwork designer, was born at 6 Sussex Square, Paddington, Middlesex, on 17 October 1854, the eldest in the family of four sons and two daughters of William Benson (1816–1887), barrister, and his wife, Elizabeth Soulsby, daughter of Thomas Smith...

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Broker, Nicholas (d. 1426), coppersmith, was, with his fellow craftsman Godfrey Prest (fl. 1395–1399), a citizen of London. In April 1395 the two men were awarded the contract for the gilt bronze effigies of Richard II and Queen Anne for their tomb in ...

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Bulloch, John (1805–1882), brass-finisher and literary scholar, was a native of Aberdeen. For most of his life he worked as a brass-finisher, and lived in very humble circumstances, but he devoted much of his leisure to literary pursuits. He contributed to The Athenaeum...

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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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Cripps, Wilfred Joseph (1841–1903), writer on silver, was born on 8 June 1841 in London, the eldest surviving child of William Cripps (1804/5–1848), barrister and MP for Cirencester, and his wife (and cousin), Mary Anne Harrison, daughter of Benjamin Harrison (1771–1856), treasurer of ...

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Evesham, Epiphanius (fl. 1570–c. 1623), sculptor, painter, and metal-engraver, was born in or before 1570, perhaps on the feast day of the Epiphany (6 January), the fourteenth and youngest son of William Evesham (1518/19–1584) and his wife, Jane (d. 1570), daughter of ...

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Goodden, Robert Yorke (1909–2002), designer and architect, was born on 7 May 1909 at Compton House, Over Compton, Dorset, the second of four sons of Robert Blundell Goodden (1881–1973), Church of England clergyman and later an army officer in the Welch regiment, and his first wife, ...

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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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Lindsay, (John) Seymour (1882–1966), designer and metalworker, was born in London on 16 May 1882, the fourth son and youngest surviving child of William Henry Lindsay, iron merchant and proprietor of Lindsay's Paddington ironworks, and his wife, Alice Charlotte Garman. His mother died in 1892, leaving ...

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Moser, George Michael (1706–1783), chaser and enameller, was born at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on 17 January 1706, the son of Michael Moser (1683–1739), a highly skilled coppersmith with a knowledge of mechanics and hydraulics. According to Füesslin, Moser moved to Geneva in 1725 and to ...

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Paul Revere (bap. 1734, d. 1818) by John Singleton Copley, 1768 Copyright 2004 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; gift of Joseph W. Revere, William B. Revere and Edward H. R. Revere

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Revere, Paul (bap. 1734, d. 1818), craftsman and revolutionary leader in America, was baptized at the New Brick Church in Boston, Massachusetts, on 22 December 1734, the second of seven surviving children of Apollos Rivoire (1702–1754), a French Huguenot silversmith who emigrated to ...

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Reynolds, William Bainbridge (1855–1935), metalworker and designer, was born on 6 March 1855 in the Royal Military Asylum, in the parish of St Luke's, Chelsea, London, one of the three sons of William James Reynolds, a connoisseur and professor of mathematics to the institution, and his wife, ...

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Rivett [Revet], John (1623/4–1675), brazier, of St Sepulchre's parish, Holborn, London, may have been related to the armigerous Revett family of Bildeston or Bilston, Suffolk. A Thomas Revett of this family was resident in the ward of Farringdon Without in 1634, and Rivett...

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Skidmore, Francis Alfred (1817–1896), art metal worker, was born in Birmingham on 14 February 1817, the only child of Francis Skidmore (1780/81–1860), silversmith, and his wife, Flora (1790/91–1849), daughter of William Hedger. He was brought up in Coventry, where his father established a successful jewellers' shop in the 1820s. He was indentured as an apprentice, before becoming a freeman of ...