Bell, Henry

‘The White Swan’, against the South Gate, St Paul's Churchyard, London; cabinet maker(1736–d. 1740)
Successor to Coxed & Woster at this address. The death of Woster was announced in 1736 and it was probably in this year that Henry Bell commenced trading here. His trade card indicates that he made and sold ‘all Sorts of ye finest Cabinet Goods, all sorts of Looking Glasses, Coach Glasses & Chairs of all sorts’. He offered to alter old looking-glasses to the latest fashion. Following the practice of Coxed & Woster he used his trade label to identify products from his workshops. This trade label has been recorded on a walnut chest of drawers, a walnut bureau and a walnut chest of drawers. Died 1740 and his successor at this address, Elizabeth Bell, was almost certainly his widow and Philip Bell his son. [Heal; V & A archives] See Daniel Bell. B. A.