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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Ercolani, Lucian Randolph (1888–1976), furniture designer and manufacturer, was born on 8 May 1888 at Sant' Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, Italy, the eldest son of Abdon Ercolani, a picture framer, and his wife, a dressmaker. He was left in the care of his grandmother when his parents moved to ...

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Gillott, Joseph (1799–1872), steel pen maker and art patron, the son of a workman in the cutlery trade, was born at Sheffield on 11 October 1799. He became a working cutler, acquiring a reputation as a 'noted hand' at forging and grinding knife blades. About 1821, in need of work, he moved to ...

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David Rogerson Mellor (1930–2009) by Michael Boys, 1960s © Michael Boys / David Mellor Design Ltd.

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Mellor, David Rogerson (1930–2009), silversmith and industrial designer, was born on 5 October 1930 at 181 Tapton Hill Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Colin Mellor, a toolmaker at the Sheffield Twist Drill Company, and his wife, Ivy, née...

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Race, Ernest Dawson (1914–1964), furniture and industrial designer, was born on 16 October 1914 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the third of the three sons of Joseph Dawson Race (1880–1966), a banker, and May Tweddle (1882–1950). Joseph Race was born in Hankow (Hankou), China...

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