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Evans, Benjamin (1821-25)

Evans, Benjamin, Wheatsheaf Yd, Fleet Mkt, London, cm (1821–c. 1825). Insured stock and utensils in his house and workshop for £300 on 18 July 1821 with the Sun Co. His trade card was cut up and used to make numbered tickets to ensure correct assembly of a set of window cornices en suite with a four-post bed (probably by Gillows) made for Clifton Castle, Yorks., c. 1825, now at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. Card reads: ‘B. EVANS, CABINET MAKER, 3 WHEATSHEAF YARD, RESPECTFULLY solicits … made to the PEDESTAL and other SIDEBOARDS … complete; also every description of TELESCOPIC … SINGLE FRAME DINING TABLES; and hopes … of the best seasoned materials, and select wood … patronage. The above Telescopic Frame constructed … ten feet and upwards, with only four … Loo, sofa and Card Tables, &c. … modern principles. PATENT FOUR POST BRASS … SOCKET BEDSTEADS, SOFA AND CHAIR …’. [GL, Sun MS vol. 484, ref. 981648; Gilbert, Leeds Furn. Cat., vol. 1, pp. 23–27]

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