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Darby, William (1750-70)

Darby, William, at ‘The Bear & Crown’, 12 Aldermanbury, London, u, appraiser and undertaker (1750–70). Son of John Darby, ‘baymaker’, of Witham, Essex; app. to Thomas Brown, freeman merchant tailor, by trade upholsterer. Admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. on 1 October 1761. Trade card, c. 1760–65, shows Chippendale-style chair, tripod table, chest of drawers and tallboy framed by Rococo foliated scrolls. Inscription lists stock of upholstery and cabinet goods, fabrics, bedding, carved and gilt lookingglasses, carpets, window blinds and paper hangings. [Banks Coll., BM] Declared bankrupt, Gents Mag., December 1769, but trading again in 1770. [D; GL, Upholders’ Co. records]

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