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Folker, William (1784-1808)

Folker, William, Oxford, u (1784–1808). Trading at Corn Mkt in 1808. Furnished the rooms of Lord William Russell, younger brother of the 5th and 6th Dukes of Bedford, at Christchurch, Oxford, where he was a student, 1784–87. In November 1784 Folker provided a tent bedstead with blue check furniture and mattress; a mahogany washhand stand; an oval glass in gilt frame; a mahogany two-flap dining table; a mahogany Pembroke table; a tea tray and tea caddy; and a bureau bedstead painted mahogany colour. The bill, including repairs to a bureau and chair, totalled £28 18s 3d. A consolidated payment of £27 2s 2d was made to Folker in April 1785 ‘for fitting up my Lord William's rooms’, but the work is not specified. Thereafter there are four bills for small items, and for maintenance, including ‘repairing servant's bed; that for servant's room’, in February 1787, for 4s. [D; poll bks; Bedford Office, London]

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