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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,…

Chippendale, Thomas snr (b. 1718–d. 1779)

Enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’: his career and achievements have been researched in depth and his name is now…

Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Elliott, Charles (1752–d. 1832)

and successors. Charles Elliott was one of the chief London cm of the late 18th century. He held royal appointments from 1783–c. 1810, and was succeeded as royal cm and u by William Francis, his brother-in-law and partner. The firm continued in the royal…

Haworth, Thomas (1766)

Advertised in Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 28 June 1766, as ‘Some years foreman to Mr. Saunders, late of Soho Square, now of Great Queen Street, London…He furnisheth all sorts of Upholstery and Cabinet Work in the Newest…

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…

Morel, Nicholas and Morel & Hughes, Robert (1790–1830)

Although no firm evidence has been discovered Nicholas Morel may have been of French extraction and seems to have been associated with the group of Anglo-French craftsmen who worked for Henry Holland and Dominique Daguerre, particularly at…

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…

Vile, William (c. 1700/05–d. 1767)

William Vile was born early in the 18th century, probably in Somerset. A search of local records shows the name of Vile in profusion, but it may always elude us as to which William Vile of the many the cm was. The problem will perhaps only be solved by…

Whittle, James (1731–59)

Whittle took three apps in the 1730s: James Griffith in 1731 for £10, Christopher Jackson in 1734 for £5 5s and Peter South in 1738 for £15 15s. [PRO, IRI/12, 14, 15] He took app. named Thomas Ashley for £31 10s in 1743 [IRI/17], a year after he supplied…