Important Silversmiths – John Emes

John Emes was a prominent English silversmith of the Regency period.

After his apprentice to William Woolett, he joined Henry Chawner’s silversmith business in 1796 and registered his own mark two years later, taking over the company after Chawner’s retirement.

He specialised in finely designed tea and coffee services and established one of the largest companies of his period.

After his death in 1808 his wife Rebecca and the company manager Edward Barnard formed a new partnership and continued the business until Rebecca’s death in 1825.