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Briscoe (Biographical details)

Briscoe (goldsmith/metalworker; British; Male; 1744 - 1775; fl. c.)

Also known as

Briscoe; Brisco, John; Brisco, Stafford; Briscoe & Morrison

Address

Three Kings and Golden Ball, Foster Lane, London

Biography

Jewellers and goldsmiths. Trade cards in Heal Collection. Heal,67.38 advertises "John Briscoe, Jeweller and Goldsmith At his Old Shop...Continues making it his chief Business, as he has for many Years to deal in all sorts of Second Hand Plate (Watches & Jewels), which he has a very great Variety, & constantly great Choice of Large and Small New Plate. All sorts of each will Continue to be Sold at the lowest Rates. And the most Money given for Old Plate, Watches, Jewels &c. all Sorts of Coats of Arms, Chyphers [sic], Crests &c. Engraved on Stone, Silver & Steel." Heal's annotations on mount: "No. 15, Cheapside. Compare also trade-card (L/S) of Briscoe & Morrison 1764 in A.H. collection & also 1762. Compare also trade-card (L/S) of John Briscoe - different design - in A.H. Coll. 1756. Compare also trade-card (L/S) of Stafford Briscoe (2 varieties) dated 1752 & 1756. Price in 'Signs of Cheapside' gives: "1774 John Briscoe (T.Cd. in A.H. collection). 1747-60 Stafford Briscoe (T. Cd illustrated in H-P.) 1762-69 (T. Cd in A.H. collection). 1769-83 Richard Morrison (Td.c in Parsanby - and one in Crichton dated 1775)." Heal,67.41 and 42 advertise "Second-Hand Plate, Watches & Jewels. John Briscoe Jeweller and Goldsmith...Continues to Make it his particular Business to Deal in all Sorts of New and Second-Hand Plate, Watches and Jewels, of which he has constantly the greatest Variety and is determined to Sell (as formerly) at Lower prices than Common, and Likewise to give the most Money for any Quantities of Old Plate, Watches, Jewels, Pearls & Colour'd Stones of all Kinds, by reason of the great Demand he has for the same . N.B. The full Value Given for Pawn'd Plate, Watches, Jewels &c." Heal's annotations on mount similar to above. Heal,67.40 (a) advertises "Briscoe Goldsmith and Jeweller, at the Corner of Friday-Street, Cheapside, the Golden Ball Only, the Original Old Shop, Hath now to dispose of exceeding Cheap, and at Second Hand, Four most high and magnificent Candlesticks, richly chas'd and adorn'd with Insects and Flowers; and a fine large Table with an open chas'd Border and the Ornaments aforesaid; also a Set of Shaving Plate, a curious Filligree Chest, Tea-Kettles and Cannisters, Waiters, Cruet Frames and Casters, Knives, Forks and Spoons in Cases, both large and Desert [sic]; Gold and Silver Watches and Repeaters; particularly one good plain Gold Watch by Delander, one ditto by Clay; Gold Snuff-Boxes; and all other usual Pieces of Plate, at Second-hand and lower Prices than common. Likewise all Kinds of large and small new Plate, after the neatest Patterns. He also gives the most Money, as usual, for old Plate and Watches, and for such as are pawn'd. N.B. A Pair of large fluted Sauce-Boats, with chas'd Feet, to be sold very cheap. Heal's annotations on mount: "Stafford Briscoe. 'London Evening Post' 10-12 Sept: 1747." Heal,67.40 (b) advertises "Briscoe Goldsmith and Jeweller, at the Corner of Friday-Street, Cheapside, the Golden Ball Only, the Original Old Shop, Hath now to dispose of exceeding Cheap, and at Second Hand, Nine round gadrooned Silver Dishes, and two Dozen of plain Silver Plates, old, but as good as new, to be sold together or separate, exceedingly cheap; a Pair of large fluted Sauce-Boats, a Tea-kettle and Lamp, richly chas'd, several plain ditto; Cups and Cannisters, four chas'd and other Candlesticks, Tables and Waiters of all sizes, a plain, polished oval Tureen, a round, chas'd Bread-Basket, a Set of polish'd ShavingPlate, a light Set of Camp Plate, chas'd and gilt, Sauce pans and Boats, Dish-Rings, Frames and Castors, four Dozen strong Hafts, of a new Pattern, Cases of Knives, Forks, and Spoons, Gold and Silver Watches and Repeaters, and all other Pieces of Second-hand Plate, generally us'd, at lower Prices than common. Also great Variety of new Plate for Exportation, or otherwise, finish'd in the most elegant Taste. He continues to give the utmost Value for old Plate and Watches, by reason of the great Demand on him for the same. N.B. A Crucifix and Filligree Chest, of curious Workmanship, very cheap.." Heal's annotations on mount: "Stafford Briscoe. 'London Evening Post', 15-17 Sept: 1747." Heal,67.43, 44, 49 and 50 advertise "Stafford Briscoe Jeweller and Goldsmith...Continues Making it his chief Business As he has done for several Years past to Deal in all Kinds of Second hand Plate, Watches and Jewels, of which he has constantly the greatest Variety and also Great Choice of Large & Small New Plate, both kinds of which will be always Sold at ye very Lowest Rates, and the most Money Given for Old Plate, Watches, Jewels &c. All Sorts of Coats of Arms, Cyphers, Crests &c. Engraved on Stone, Silver & Steel." Heal's annotations on mounts: "See bill on back dated 1749. Stafford Briscoe 'the second-hand silversmith' was the owner of a piece of land 'close to my kitchen garden' which Horace Walpole bought from him in 1775. See 'Strawberry Hill Accounts' p:15. Briscoe lived at Cross Deep House, Twickenham, & died in 1789. See Cobbett's 'Memorials of Twickenham' p:294." Heal,67.45 (a and b) contains two furthur lengthy advertisements from the 'London Evening Post' for the wares of Stafford Briscoe. Heal,67.47 contains two furthur advertisements from the 'London Evening Post' for both Stafford and John Briscoe. Heal's annotations on mount similar to above. Heal,67.46 is an advertisement stating "Briscoe & Morrison, Jewellers and Goldsmiths, at the Three Kings in Cheapside, near St. Paul's, now selling exceedingly cheap, for ready Money. The greatest Choice of Plate, either new or second-hand, in the most elegant Taste, both useful and ornamental; also Repeating, Gold, Chased, Plain, and other Watches, of the best Makers; and the Public may be assured of seeing the most extensive Variety, and being served with the strictest Integrity, at the most moderate Prices possible; their constant great Demand enable them to give the utmost Value in ready Money, for Quantity of Plate, Watches, Jewels of all kinds, and Pearls. Great Choice of Epergnes in the newest Taste, and highly finished." The ad is dated in pen and black ink, 1762. Heal,67.51 and 52 advertise "Second-Hand Plate, Watches & Jewels. Briscoe & Morrison, Jewellers and Goldsmiths...Continues to Make it their particular Business, to Deal in all Sorts of New and Second-Hand Plate, Watches and Jewels, of which they have constantly the greatest Variety and are determined to Sell (as formerly) at Lower prices than Common and Likewise to Give the most Money for any Quantities of Old Plate, Watches, Jewels, Pearls & Colour'd Stones of all Kinds, by reason of the great Demand they have for ye Same. N.B. The full Value Given for Pawn'd Plate, Watches, Jewels &c. Buy and Sell for Ready Money Only." Heal's annotations on mounts: "See bill on back dated 1762. Briscoe & Morrison were entered at the Goldsmiths' Hall 1780 -'1. London Directory 1772: - Briscoe & Morrison, goldsmiths, 15 Cheapside." Heal,67.48 advertises "Stafford & John Briscoe Jewellers & Goldsmiths." Heal's annotations on mount: "at the Golden Ball, Cheapside. 1744-1760."