1) Occupational term for craftsmen working in silver.

Sheffield had craftsmen who made silverware from the seventeenth century at least: 1641 Edward Fisher of Sheffeld, silversmith. They were independent of the Cutlers’ Company and the craft did not really prosper until the 1700s when the success of the silver-plating industry gave it a new impetus. The trade grew in importance and in 1773 an Assay Office was set up in Sheffield that eventually expanded its influence well beyond the city’s boundaries.

places Sheffield
dates 1641

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