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John Vickers
Dates: British
Biographical Account: John Vickers was the son of James Vickers, who discovered the recipe for ‘white metal’ (later known as Britannia metal) in 1769. Unlike many London manufacturers he made no other kinds of pewter, but concentrated on producing a wide range of goods in ‘white metal’. His son John became active in the business by the 1790s and took over the firm when James died in 1809. The firm was sold in 1836 but the ‘Vickers’ trade name continued in use until 1842.
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