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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 ...

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Ripa, Walter de (fl. 1218–1227), goldsmith and maker of seals, was probably a Londoner—the name de Ripa was fairly common in the early thirteenth-century city. Two entries in the close rolls name him in connection with the production of the king's seal, and on the basis of the lettering and figure-style on the seal it is possible to attribute others to him. Taken together, these show that over a decade he attracted a range of important patrons....