Currently comprised of five sources, BIFMO serves as a valuable resource to a broad range of scholars, academics, students, connoisseurs, and the commercial market.
Dictionary of British and Irish Furniture Makers, 1500-1914
The Dictionary of the British and Irish Furniture Makers (DBIFM) includes the details of furniture makers across the British Isles and Ireland and a digitised and partially revised version of Geoffrey Beard's and Christopher Gilbert’s Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840. The text of the original 1986 Dictionary can be found at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/dict-english-furniture-makers
A Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers, 1660-1840
The Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers was compiled by the late Francis Bamford and originally published in the annual journal of the Furniture History Society in 1983 https://www.jstor.org/stable/23405697?seq=1
A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers, 1700-1840
A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers was compiled by Dr John Stabler and first published in Regional Furniture (2006), the annual journal of the Regional Furniture Society: https://regionalfurnituresociety.org/publications/journal/
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- Explanation of sources and abbreviations:
London Joiners’ Company Records, 1640-1783
London Joiners’ Company records include apprenticeship bindings (1640-1783) and freedom admissions (1651-1720).
London Upholders’ Company Records, 1704-1772
The records of Upholders’ Company apprenticeship bindings and freedom admissions were abstracted and indexed by Cliff Webb for the London Apprentices Series by the Society of Genealogists and generously contributed to the BIFMO project: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23405697?seq=1