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Anderton, William (b. 1750–d. 1812)

Trading on his own account as early as 1777, in which year he was declared bankrupt. Had recommenced business by 1781 when he was trading from 17 Dale St. By 1790 had premises at 18 and 19 Paradise St. In 1796 his addresses are given as Harrington Park…

Bailey, Edward (1809–40)

In 1826 he endorsed the prefatory recommendation in Nicholson's Practical Cabinet Maker as ‘Manufacturer to His Majesty’, and is recorded in London directories between 1809 and 1840. He is frequently named in the Royal Household accounts as…

Beck, Arnold Frederick (1763–77)

Insured his household goods and stock for £150 and wearing apparel for £50 on 2 August 1763. [GL, ref. 201685, p. 483] Possibly the maker of pianofortes (dated 1775 and 1777) trading at Broad St, Golden Sq., who is thought to have employed a cm in his…

Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Bennet(t), Samuel (c. 1695–d. 1741)

The name of this accomplished craftsman and the words ‘LONDON FECIT’ are found inlaid on two high-quality bureau-bookcases, on the pilasters framing the doors (Fig. 5). One of these, formerly in the…

Best, John (1798–1839)

Advertised in the Royal Cornwall Gazette, 29 August 1801 for ‘a sober, steady footman’ who ‘must understand breweing etc.’ In that year he purchased ‘several dwelling houses & premises’ for £235. [Cornwall RO, DDCF 988/1–2] Advertised again in the…

Bill, Richard & George

Card Boxes, Tables, Table Tops, Pole & Hand Screens, Tea Chests, Caddees, Quadrille Pools. Card Racks, Snuff Boxes, Pannels of miniature Frames & Veneering & every other Description…

Blades, Thomas (1774–1822)

Trading in St James's Mkt, 1774; 114 Jermyn St, 1790–93; and 177 Piccadilly, 1804–22. In partnership with his son from 1799–1802, and with Palmer, 1803–22. Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1780 for £800, utensils, stock and goods accounting for £300,…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Chippendale, Thomas jnr (b. 1749–d. 1822)

The eldest of his illustrious father's children, was bapt. at St Paul's, Covent Gdn on 23 April 1749. He was brought up to assist in the family business, the earliest known letter from him (in the Nostell archive) being dated 5 August 1767. Thereafter…