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Gammage (or Gamidge), Robert (1710-25)

Gammage (or Gamidge), Robert, ‘The Crown’, two doors above the School, St Paul's Churchyard, London, chairmaker (1710–d. by 1725). First mentioned by name on 20 December 1712 when James Logan of Philadelphia, USA, wrote to James Askew, his factor in London ordering ‘2 finest Virginia Walnut Chairs … the same wth those I had of Gamage at the Crown in Pauls Ch Yard with Paws at the feet’. The business was clearly in existence well before this date and London Gazette, 28–31 January 1709/10 advertised that Richard Lewis an app. cane chairmaker, born in Shropshire, had absconded from his master at ‘The Crown’ in St Paul's Churchyard. It is highly likely that Gammage was the master involved. Gammage was dead by March 1725 in which month his widow advertised that she had for disposal ‘All Sorts of Chairs and Couches, Mahogenny Wood, Virginia Walnut, English Walnut, and Walnut-Tree Wood for Gun Stocks’. She indicated that she was ‘designing to leave off trade’. From 1725–30 the premises were used as a tavern retaining the previous trade sign, but in the latter year they reverted once more to a chairmaking and furniture business when John Brown took them over. [Hist. Soc. of Pennsylvania, Logan papers; Conn., vol. 93, p. 181; Daily Courant, 13 March 1725] B.A.

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