SHARRER, John (1715-1765). Gold mourning ring 1765

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SHARRER, John (1715-1765). Gold mourning ring (21mm external diameter) with raised lettering against a black enamelled field JOHN SHARRER : OB 8 OCT: 1765  AET: 50. On the inner surface is a maker's stamp SI or ST. In fine condition.

John Sharrer (1715-1765) was a successful silk-thrower of Little Ayliffe Street, Goodmans Field, Whitechapel, London. He and his wife Susanna had at least three children – Susanna (b.1745); Esther (b.1749) and Elizabeth (b.1754). This ring establishes his date and year of death as October 8th 1765 which is lacking in all the sources investigated.

In 1753 Sharrer extended his business by setting up a silk-throwing mill in Sherbourne, Dorset, into which he brought his two nephews George Ward and William Willmott as partners in 1764. In 1765, the year of his death, Sharrer gave evidence to a parliamentary enquiry into silk manufacturing, stating that his silk-throwing trade employed 500 hands in London, 200 in Gloucestershire, 400 in Dorset, and 400 in Cheshire.

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