68 Gt Queen St, London; furniture broker, etc.(1799–1854)
1799: Thomas Wilson,
1802: Thomas Wilson,
1821: Thomas Willson, broker and appraiser, 68 Great Queen St.
Thomas Wilson, 28 Little Queen St.
1822: Thomas Wilson,
1823–25: Thomas Wilson,
1829: Thomas Wilson, furniture appraiser and broker, 68 Great Queen St.
1830–37: Mary Wilson & Son, 68 Great Queen St.
1838–54: Matthew Wilson/Willson, furniture warehouse/ furniture works/u, 68 Great Queen St.
1839: J. Willson, furniture broker, 34 Little Pulteney St, Golden Sq.
Compilers of directories vary in accuracy and there seems to have been a predictable confusion between the surnames Willson and the more familiar Wilson. Available material suggests that the Willsons were likely to have been dealers in good quality second-hand furniture (brokers). Although some of the 1838–54 entries refer to ‘Furniture Works’, the term may have been employed to described a repair workshop and not necessarily a manufactory. [Furn. Hist., 1974] Pieces of furniture bearing the distinctive stamp range in date over the years c.1780 to c.1840, and are of mahogany unless otherwise stated. They include:
Pembroke table, the top of serpentine outline and the supports of tapering turned form with brass cup castors. [Conn., August 1952, p. xxx, advert.]
Toilet table, banded in ebony and satinwood. Divided tray top enclosing compartments, with a drawer in the front and tapering legs. [Sotheby's, 18 March 1966, lot 74]
Wardrobe, c.1835 with two narrow hanging compartments flanking six drawers. [G. Wills, English Furniture 1760–1900] G. W.