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Stooks, Thomas (1775-98)

Stooks, Thomas, Rose & Crown Yd, Leeds, Yorks., cm, appraiser and auctioneer (1775–98). Recorded at Briggate in 1798. Advertised that he could offer ‘CABINET GOODS of all sorts made in the genteelest taste’ and that he ‘appraises & sells all Sorts of Household Furniture, Utensils, Stock-inTrade, Plate etc’. In 1793 subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book. An invoice and letter relating to the supply of furniture by this maker to a Mr Kear, attorney-at-law, of Barnsley, Yorks., survive. The items supplied include a mahogany camp bed with sacking bottom, a four post bedstead with reeded posts, a dressing glass, a butler's tray and other trays and totalled £22 6s 1d. Stooks was still urging payment in 1799 a year after the issue of the original invoice. [Leeds Mercury, 20 June 1775, 14 May, 28 May, 18 June 1776; Calder Valley Museum, John Goodchild Coll.]

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