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Durham, John (1821–35)

Trading at 16 Catherine St, Strand, 1823–28; and 16 Rupert St, Haymarket, 1829–35. Stock consisted of varieties of folding, camp and field beds, combined settee, couch and cabinet beds. As Messrs Durham, furniture makers and…

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…

Hall, Joseph (1740–54)

Son of Joseph Hall, joiner; admitted burgess in 1740. In 1749 his app. William Lodge appealed successfully to the Magistrates for release from his apprenticeship on grounds of ill-treatment. Polled at Hull in 1754. Trade card, c.1745–55, shows an early-…

Mayhew, John and Ince, William (1736–d. 1811)

and Ince, William (d. 1804), London, cm. The partnership of John Mayhew and William Ince (1758/59–1804) was one of the most significant, probably the…

Nash, Thomas (1714–d. 1748)

Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 16 July 1714 on goods and merchandise in his house. Advertised in November 1722 that he had a stock of calico quilts and pointed out that these would not be available so readily after Christmas when a new…

Nixers, Theophilus (1741)

In January 1741 the stock of Theophilus Nixers was advertised for sale. The goods had been ‘taken for Execution near Long-Acre’ and consisted of ‘Four-Post Bedsteads, Green and Red Worsted Damask Curtains, Settee-…

Saunders, Paul (b. 1722–d.1771)

succeeded by Saunders, Hugh & Bracken, John, upholders (1774–94). Paul Saunders was a major London u of the 1750s and 1760s supplying the important upper strata of London…

Seddon, George (1753–1868)

The firm of Seddon was the largest furniture-making firm in London in the last quarter of the 18th century when it employed more people, held more extensive stocks and produced a wider-range of goods than any other furnituremaking business It remained of…

Tomkins, William (1743–c.1760)

Trade cards [GL, and Heal Coll., BM] show ‘lit à la Duchesse’ with Royal arms on headboard, within a frame of heavy scroll-work. Card states that Tomkins ‘Buyeth & Selleth all Manner of Household Goods; as Standing Beds & Bed…

Wright, Richard (1738–89)

Son of Richard Wright, Caversham, Oxon., joiner; app. firstly to Francis Newberry on 1 February 1738 and secondly to William Powle, 7 May 1745; admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude, 3 December 1747 and appointed master of the Upholders’ Co…