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Minter, George (1829-54)

Minter, George, London, cm, u, bath and wheel chairmaker (1829–54). Addresses given at 26 Princes St, Haymarket, 1829–31; 33 Gerrard St, Soho, 1835–50; also 51 Frith St, Soho, 1850–54. Trading as ‘Patentee of the self-acting chair’ in 1839; and filed a patent in 1845 together with Jonathan Badger, carpenter and builder of Walworth, London, for improvements in the construction of easy chairs. [D; Patent no. 10, 918] Several chairs by Minter survive. A large carved arm chair, with a pull-out foot rest, reputed to have belonged to Darwin, has carved on one leg: ‘George Minter, Gerrard Street, Soho’. [Darwin Museum] Armchair, c. 1800, recorded, with Hepplewhite-style ‘camel back’, heavy cabriole front legs with acanthus carving and lion paw feet. The chair has vestiges of a ratchet mechanism which probably enabled the seat to slide forward and the back to move lower. The rear legs are impressed: ‘G. MINTER, 23 PRINCES STREET SOHO WR Pat 383’. Gouty chair also recorded bearing stamp of ‘MINTER WR 39 GERRARD ST. LONDON PATENT 672’. [V&A archives] A mahogany reading chair noted with adjustable back, leg rest (now missing) and swivel reading stand (also missing), is stamped on one leg: ‘G. MINTER 33 GERRARD STREET WR PATENT N° 1638’. Stamp also recorded on a carved mahogany-framed gout chair in black leather with reclining buttoned wing back, scroll arm supports and stuffed-over seat, fitted with sliding adjustable foot rest on foliate decorated tapered legs and brass capped castors. Stamp reads: G. MINTER 55 GERRARD ST. SOHO WILLIAM IV PATENT NO. 1734’. [Phillips’, 11 January 1983, lot 50] See John Minter.

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