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Giesecke, Charles Lewis [formerly Johann Georg Metzler] (1761–1833), mineralogist and mineral dealer, was born on 6 April 1761 in Augsburg, Bavaria, the eldest surviving son of the six children of Georg Melchior Metzler (d. 1805), a protestant tailor, and his wife, ...

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Mawe, John (1766–1829), mineralogist and dealer in minerals, was born in Queen Street, Derby, the younger surviving son of Samuel Maw (1735–1783), baker, and his first wife, Elisabeth Massey (d. 1777), originally from Leeds. He became a mariner in the late 1770s, and in 1790 he was appointed commander of the merchant vessel ...

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Tennant, James (1808–1881), mineralogist and mineral and shell dealer, was born on 8 February 1808 at Upton, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire, the third child of John Tennant, excise officer, and his wife, Eleanor (née Kitchen). By 1819 his parents had moved to Mansfield...