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The BIFMO database serves as a valuable resource to a broad range of scholars, academics, students, connoisseurs, and the commercial market.

 

Dictionary of British and Irish Furniture Makers

The Dictionary of the British and Irish Furniture Makers (DBIFM) is the online version of Beard and Gilbert’s Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, published in 1986. It is now being revised and updated with additional material from Scotland, Wales and Ireland and its date range extended from medieval times to 1914. It will continue to be updated as new material is inputted. The text of the original 1986 Dictionary can be found at British History Online

Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers, 1660-1840

The Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers was compiled by the late Francis Bamford and originally published in the annual journal of the Furniture History Society in 1983.

A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers, 1700-1840

A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers was compiled by Dr John Stabler and first published in the annual journal of the Regional Furniture Society in 2006. An explanation of the sources used in documenting Norfolk tradesmen and abbreviations included in the source can be found at Regional Furniture Society

London Joiners’ Company Records, 1640-1720

London Joiners’ Company records include apprenticeship bindings (1640-1720) and freedom admissions (1651-1720).

London Upholders’ Company Records, 1704-1772

The records of Upholders’ Company apprenticeship bindings and freedom admissions were transcribed by Mr Cliff Webb and generously contributed to the BIFMO project. This data was first published by the Society of Genealogists Enterprises, Ltd.in 1998.