Barnet Lyon Joseph
born June 29th 1801 in Falmouth, Cornwall, died October 26th 1880 in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Barnet Lyon was the son of Lyon Joseph (a successful shipping merchant who ended up a broken man after losing money in trades and shipments) and Judith Joseph. He was one of many children of a large family. He married Betsy Jacobs (record not known but approx 1826), Betsy was the daughter of Miriam Jacobs a silversmith and pawnbroker. Miriam is listed as a silversmith in 1841 Bedford St. Plymouth.
Barnet Lyon's sister Arabella married Solomon Levy the Bristol silversmith and Jeweller.
The BLJ mark is only known to exist for the year 1828, Barnet Lyon was living in Bristol during that date (Records of his children born in Bristol). Barnet Lyon Joseph was known and mentioned in many documents as B.L. Joseph.
Barnet Is listed in historical documents as a silversmith, two of his sons emigrated to America where they are known as very successful business men.
Barnet is also listed in Liverpool papers as having a business dealing in silverwares, he was active in the Liverpool community 1838 onwards but eventually moved to Birmingham to retire.
The only known examples (so far) of his work appear on teaspoons dated Exeter 1828. There is no over marking and they consist of the letters BLJ in an Old English font. The teaspoons are of light weight 14.5 grams and appear to have been made by stamping. They would most likely have been made in Simon Levy's workshop as there are strong similarities with his work but more examination of Simon's work is needed.
Example of Barnet's mark is to be found here:http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic ... 51&t=51995