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Robert Sutcliffe & Anthony Sporle
Biographical Account: In 1781 Robert Sutcliffe was granted his Freedom from the Company of Cutlers which ended his apprenticeship from Robert Trickett. In the same year he and Anthony Sporle registered their silver marks with the Assay Office, ‘R.S & CO’ and ‘AS’, in Smithfield. By 1786, Sutcliffe, Sporle & Co were based in King Street manufacturing silver and plated table knives. Sutcliffe had already travelled to America in the 1790s, however, in 1804 he undertook a two year trip in order to further his business, returning to Sheffield in 1806. In June 1811 he decided to immigrate to Philadelphia with his family, and so set sail for New York. Unfortunately, he became ill in November 1811 and died. His diary of the 1804-6 trip was published as Travels in Some Parts of North America, in the same year he died.
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