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Walker, Thomas (1765-94)

Walker, Thomas, Scale Lane and Savile St, Hull, Yorks., cm (1765–94). App. to Charles Rawlins, cm of Beverley, Yorks.; free in 1765. On his death in 1794 the business was continued by his widow Elizabeth and his son Robert. Thomas Walker subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793. He must have moved from Beverley to Hull soon after receiving his freedom, for in December 1774 he was supplying mahogany work to the value of £31 16s 10d to Trinity House, Hull. He subsequently supplied furniture to Hull Corp. on a number of occasions from 1776–83. In 1776 four mahogany chairs were made at £1 5s each and six elm chairs at 7s each. A large mahogany wardrobe cost £7 10s in 1780 and a chest of drawers £6. In 1783–84 pieces of satinwood were supplied and also a satinwood table which was charged at £5 5s. He was also a regular supplier of furniture to Burton Constable, Yorks. In 1776 four mahogany arm chairs were supplied for £5 and in 1787 an invalid wheel chair at £15 15s and two years later one with smaller wheels at £10 10s. Numerous tables were made for the house in the early 1780s. Four tables were supplied in May 1782 to fit into niches in the Billiard Room and cost £12. A major item was an inlaid library table which when supplied in September 1782 cost £15 15s. Other items supplied included fire screens, night tables, candle stands, a bookcase, a bureau, a wardrobe, close stools and pedestals. Furniture supplied by Walker often utilised a form of handle of his own devising. This consisted of wrought iron wire encased in carved mahogany. [D; Beverley app. bk, freemen rolls, and poll bk; Humberside RO, DDCC/2, Burton Constable vouchers; Trinity House accounts bks; Municipal records; C. Life, 22 April 1982, p. 1117; vol. CLIX pp. 1476–80]

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