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Nickson, Samuel (1802-27)

Nickson, Samuel, Bridge St Row, Chester, cm and u (1802–27). Listed also at Commercial Buildings in 1816. Free 3 July 1802. Subscribed to Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803. Developed an extensive business and in 1815 claimed to be employing workmen from Gillows, and Tatham & Co., London. In that year he had additional premises at County Buildings, although in 1814 the address of these was stated to be Commercial Buildings. Took apps George Langshaw in 1814 and John Simecock in 1819, although in the following year he was transferred to another master. In June 1818 however he advertised the sale by auction of his entire stock as he was retiring from business. On offer was a very extensive and elegant stock consisting of ‘50 elegant four post, Chinese, tent and sofa bedsteads with rich china and other furniture, mattresses, prime goose feather beds, blankets, counterpanes, Marseilles quilts, handsome wardrobes, chests of drawers, ladies dressing chests, night tables, bidets, airing maids, gentlemen's dressing tables and plain ditto, angular and square bason stands, boot racks, secretaires and bookcases, bureaus, superb sideboards with cellarets and gardivines, handsome sets of dining tables, card, sofa, loo and Pembroke tables richly inlaid and ornamented with brass and or-molu, 36 Grecian and square sofas with 20 Grecian couches, lounging, tub, easy and bed chairs, finished in satin, hair and other coverings, 24 dozen of Trafalgar, Grecian and plain mahogany dining room chairs and hall ditto, elegant rosewood and japanned drawing room chairs, neat stained and painted chairs, ditto extensive assortment of rich pier and chimney glasses, mirrors and dressing glasses, hall lamps, music stools, supper, butlers, cheese and knife trays, dining and drawing room firescreens, bed steps, portable writing desks, ladies work tables and boxes, tea chests, caddies and backgammon tables, handsome dials and eight day clocks in rich cases, two thousand pieces of paper hangings with gold, flock and common borders of the most fashionable London patterns, elegant carpets in Brussels and Turkey, hearth rugs and coach ditto’. A wide range of upholstery stock was described in addition. The sale commenced on 29 June but the stock that was unsold was offered again by auction on 8 and 9 July. Another sale of residual stock was held on 15 July and the two days following. At the time that these sales were progressing materials still in stock were being made up into furniture which was offered with the residue of the previous sales from 5 October of the same year. That which the public did not purchase at this occasion was again auctioned on 21 and 22 October. Having failed, despite all these efforts, to dispose of all the stock it was then displayed in the auction mart labelled with the lowest price that was acceptable. Nickson claimed that these prices were 25% below those of his competitors, a claim that produced an advertisement refuting this by the other Chester furniture makers. Attempts to dispose of stock continued through December 1818. The reason for these sales became obvious for in November 1819 Nickson was declared bankrupt. Despite this experience he recommenced business and the firm of Samuel Nickson & Son at Bridge St Row is shown in an 1822 directory. In July 1827 however he took a decision to discontinue the furniture making side of his business which he had carried on for ‘upwards of twenty years’. Henceforth he acted solely as an auctioneer and appraiser, and in September 1827 he opened auction rooms in Eastgate which proved a successful venture over many years. [D; freemen rolls; app. bks; Chester Chronicle, 2 June 1815, Chester Guardian, 20 June 1717, 27 June 1818, 4, 11 and 18 July 1818, 26 September 1818, 5 and 17 October 1818, 5 November 1818, 12, 18 and 31 December 1818, 25 November 1819; 3 July 1827; Liverpool Mercury, 26 November 1819]

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