John Sherrin

1819 - 1896

John Sherrin was born in Westminster, London in 1819, the eldest of the six children of the florist John Sherrin. He grew up at 15 Church Street (now Romilly Street) Soho. His father died in 1833 and his mother remarried but continued to work, supporting the family as a plumassier (maker of feathered plumes) and maker of artificial flowers. He was apprenticed to Samuel Smith, a jeweller, and later worked for the designers, Howell, James