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Benney, (Adrian) Gerald Sallis (1930–2008), goldsmith and silversmith, was born at 56 Westbourne Avenue, Sculcoates, Hull, on 21 April 1930, the younger son of Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney (1894–1966), an artist and designer who was then principal of the City of Hull College of Arts and Crafts...

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Bridge, John (1755–1834), jeweller, was born in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, on 21 January 1755, the eldest son of Thomas Bridge (d. 1792) and his wife, Mary (d. 1779). Following in the footsteps of his future partner, Philip Rundell, he was apprenticed in 1769 to the jeweller ...

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Brown, William (1748–1825), gem-engraver, was trained in London, but of his origins and family circumstances nothing is known. He suffered an early set-back in his career when, aged fourteen, he competed for a Royal Society of Arts drawing prize but, with four others, was disqualified for cheating; he was consequently ruled ineligible when he tried for the premium for intaglio-engraving in 1763. Nevertheless, in 1766 he began exhibiting engraved gems annually, first at the ...

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Burch, Edward (bap. 1730, d. 1814), gem-engraver, son of Andrew Burch and his wife, Hannah Roberts, was baptized on 30 October 1730 at St Botolph, Aldgate, in the East End of London. Originally a Thames waterman, he felt drawn towards the arts and taught himself seal engraving. On 7 November 1752 he married ...

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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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Dayus [née Greenhill; other married name Flood], Kate [pseud. Kathleen Dayus] (1903–2003), jewellery enameller and autobiographer, was born on the edge of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, at 20 Court 4 House, Camden Street, Hockley, on 1 February 1903, the fifth child of seven who survived infancy, to ...

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Georgie Evelyn Cave Gaskin (1866–1934) by William Smedley-Aston reproduced by permission of Birmingham Library Services

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Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave (1866–1934), designer, was born on 8 December 1866 at Cliff Cottage, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, the elder daughter of William Hanmer France, contractor's agent, and his wife, Frances Emily Cave-Brown-Cave. Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862–1928), artist, designer, and teacher...

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Charles Green (1844–1906) by Harold Baker, 1898 reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Green, Charles (1844–1906), manufacturing jeweller, was born at 77 Hockley Hill, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 5 January 1844, the son of Charles Green (1817–1865), jeweller, and his wife, Mary, née Mills (1817–1877). At the time of his birth his parents and two older brothers lived where ...

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Grima, Andrew Peter (1921–2007), jeweller, was born in Rome on 31 May 1921, the son of John Grima, a Maltese-born embroidery designer, and his Italian wife, Leopolda, née Farnese. The family moved to Britain when Andrew was aged five. After attending St Joseph's College...

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Hackenbroch, Yvonne Alix (1912–2012), museum curator and historian of jewellery, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 27 April 1912, the second of three daughters of Zacharias Max Hackenbroch (1884–1937) and his wife, Clementine, née Schwarzschild (1888–1984). Her father was one of ...

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George Heriot (1563–1624) by David Scougall (after Paul van Somer) courtesy of George Heriot Trust, Edinburgh

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Heriot, George (1563–1624), jeweller and philanthropist, was born in Edinburgh on 15 June 1563, the eldest son of George Heriot (1539/40–1610), goldsmith and MP, of Edinburgh and his first wife, Elizabeth Balderstone. Heriot was apprenticed to his father's trade, and on 14 January 1586 he was contracted to marry ...

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Jacobs, Jacob (1839–1896), wholesale jeweller and politician, was born at 56 Church Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 11 July 1839, the second child of Ephraim Jacobs (1804/5–1862), a furrier of Jewish descent born in Poland, and his wife, Jane, née Solomon (d. 1882)...

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Jacob Jacobs (1839–1896) by unknown photographer reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Jane, the Queen’s Fool (fl. 1535–1558), court jester, is of obscure origins and parentage. She first appears in the accounts of Anne Boleyn at the very end of that queen’s life. In December 1535 a green satin cap and 25 yards of murrey or purple-red fringe used for trimming a dress were purchased for ‘her Grace’s woman fool’ from ...

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Jane, the Queen's Fool (fl. 1535–1558), by the British School (16th Century), c. 1545

Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2018 / Bridgeman Images

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Ker, James (d. 1768), jeweller and politician, was the son of Thomas Ker of Edinburgh, deacon of the corporation and a magistrate of the city, and his wife, Margaret, daughter and coheir of John Kerr of the Canongate. His grandfather was Sir Thomas Ker...

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King, Charles William (1818–1888), writer on gemstones, was born on 5 September 1818 at Newport, Monmouthshire, the son of Charles King, a shipping agent in the iron trade, and his wife, Anne. He was educated at a private school in Bristol and entered ...