Felix Kelly was born in Auckland, New Zealand on February 3, 1914, though in later years, he claimed a birth year of 1916. The second son of Felix Vincent Kelly, originally from south Australia and of either Scottish or Irish heritage, and Hortense Agnes Kelly, who was twenty years younger than her husband, he was born into a household already unsettled. Both parents were artistic - the elder Felix did pen-and-ink drawings and Hortense later pursued a career as a painter - but while his...
Baptized in the Dutch Church in New York on December 19, 1660, Jesse Kip was the fourth son of Jacob Henrickzen Kip and his wife, Maria de la Montagne. Very little is known of Kip's early years. The year of 1674 would have been about the time that Kip should have begun his apprenticeship, but there is no record of this. Among the several master silversmiths in New York at that time were Jeuriaen Blanck, Sr., Ahasuerus Henricks, Cornelius van der Burgh, and Jacob Boelen....