Oxford St, London; furniture warehouseman, upholsterer, cabinet maker and furniture printer (fl.1827–45)
Recorded as Munns & Co., late Miles, at no. 33, 1832–39; and as R. Munns & Son at nos 33 and 34 in 1840. The London Post Office Directory 1845 recorded Richard Munns & Co. at 33 & 34 Oxford Street, as upholsterers. Mun was named as party in a court case against Pittman in 1827 [National Archive, C13 1476]. Submitted a bill to John Arkwright of Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, dated 21 December 1832, for a mahogany sideboard costing £26. In his covering letter, Munns wrote: ‘We should feel much obliged by the favour of the amount & soliciting your further esteemed commands which shall at all times have our best & immediate attention.’ [Herefordshire Record Office, A63/161] R. Munns & Son advertised in Morning Chronicle, 16 October 1840, their immense stock of cabinet furniture, offered a little more than half the price usually asked by the trade in London. Stock included dining tables and sideboards of every size; a hundred dozen parlour chairs; two hundred and twenty rosewood chairs; every article being manufactured ‘by first rate workmen of best seasoned materials’. Goods would be exchanged if not approved in twelve months. On 17 October 1840 the firm advertised sale of upholstery materials, including ‘splendid & superior drawing room curtains … unequalled novelties of drawing, dining room & boudoir curtains’; and stock of Lyons and Spitalfields silk damask, ‘satin stiped tabarets’, mohair, ‘merino damasks’, ‘arabesque tournays’, cashmeres, ‘town printed chintzes’, ‘velours d'Utrecht’, embroidered cloths, gilt cornices and rich fringes. As manufacturers and importers, they claimed their rates were 25% cheaper, through not using a middle-man.