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Burton, Samuel snr (1765-1801)

Burton, Samuel snr, London, u, cm, auctioneer and undertaker (1765–d. 1801). Addresses given in St Mary Axe, near Leadenhall St, c. 1765; 13 Houndsditch, 1768–83; no. 15, 1778–86; no. 11, 1782–83; and no. 8, 1782–1801. Recorded as Samuel Burton & Son, 1799; and Burton & Son, 1800–01. Trade card, c. 1765, has inscription embellished with whimsical columns, Rococo scrolls, Chippendale-style Rococo chair and Chinoiserie table. Card states that he ‘Makes & Sells all Sorts of Cabinet & Upholstery Goods in the genteelest & newest fashion in Silk and Worsted Damask Furniture, Mohair, Morine, and Cotton ditto, with all Sorts of Cheque, Harrateen, &c., Feather Beds, hair & flock Matrasses, Counterpanes, Cotton Quilts, Blankets, &c. Chests of Drawers, Desk & Book Cases, Wardrobes, Dining Tables, Card dittos and Commode Dressing Tables, Chairs, Looking Glasses &c. Turkey, Wilton & other Carpets for Home use or Exportation. Variety of Paper Hangings.’ [Heal; C. Life, 11 February 1960, p. 275] App. to Thomas Ridgway, ‘skynner’; admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co., 7 February 1765. Recorded as Senior Warden of the Upholders’ Co. in 1800. Took apps named James Barber, 1766–76; William Chaplin, 1768–76; Charles Burrell, 1775–82; John Fletcher, 1776–84; Edward Rickett, 1783–89; and John Anderson, 1793–1803. This last may have been app. to Samuel Burton jnr, since Samuel snr died in 1801. [D; GL, Upholders’ Co. records and Livery lists] See William Burton of Houndsditch.

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.