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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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Barantyn, Drew (c. 1350–1415), goldsmith and mayor of London, was the younger son of Thomas Barantyn, lord of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire (he had an older brother, Thomas, who died in 1400). Barantyn's talents as a craftsman rather than his family connections were to be the key to his success in the world. He was apprenticed to ...

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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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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 ...

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Drummond, Andrew (1688–1769), goldsmith and banker, was born at Machany, Perthshire, the great-great-grandson of James Drummond, first Lord Maderty, and the son of Sir John Drummond (d. 1707) and his wife, Margaret, the daughter of Sir William Stewart of Innernytie. Little is known of his early life, though he had four elder brothers, of whom only ...

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Emes, John (1762–1808), engraver and goldsmith, was born on 30 December 1762, one of the family of five sons and three daughters of William Emes (1729/30–1803), landscape gardener, of Bowbridge Fields, Mackworth, Derbyshire, and his wife, Mary (d. 1789), a servant, daughter of ...