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Anthony Lamb (1703-1784) was apprenticed to Henry Carter, a mathematical instrument maker with premises near St Clement's Church, London. In 1724 he became an accomplice of Jack Sheppard, a notorious burglar. Sheppard was hanged in 1724, but as this was Lamb's only offence, he was sentenced to be transported to the American Colonies. He served out his time in Virginia, and went on to become the most noted instrument maker in New York City during his lifetime. His son John was born in New York City in 1735, and died there in 1800. He worked with his father in scientific instrument production between c.1750 and 1760.