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George Kent
Date: 1806 - 1890
Remarks: George Kent was born in 1806 and apprenticed to the wire work trade in Chelsea. After working as a window blind maker, he was awarded a patent on June 12, 1844 for the knife cleaning machine. He was located at 329 Strand, 218 Regent St and 101 Holborn to 1854, and at 199 High Holborn from 1854 to his death. He manufactured other domestic time-saving machines, including whisks, strainers, sifters, and washing machines. He died on May 23, 1890, after his name had "become a household word all over the civilized world."