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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,…

Chamberlain, John (d. 1743)

In March 1743 the sale of his stock by auction was announced. The stock consisted of ‘Desks and Bookcases, Desks, Tables, Chests of Drawers, Cloaths Chests, Scrutores etc in Walnut-Tree,…

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…

Kemp, George (1755–97)

Son of George Kemp of Ramsgate, Kent, mariner. Father of Matthew Kemp and George Kemp jnr, both members of the Upholders’ Co. George Kemp snr was made free of the Upholders’ Co. by redemption under the terms of the 1750 Upholders’ Act on 28 August 1755.…

McDouall, James (1766–70)

Trade card of 1766, among the accounts of Sir John Griffin Griffin of Audley End, Essex, states that he ‘MAKES and SELLS all Sorts of Cabinet and Upholstery Work; as Desks and Book-Cases, Buroes and Double-…

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…

Phene, Samuel (1750–75)

Member of the Stationers’ Co. Traded at the sign of ‘The Golden Plow’, Little Moorgate but c. 1767 this address was given the new designation of 17 Broker's Row, Moorfields. On 7 August 1750 took as app. Thomas Jones who was declared free of the Upholders…

Pitt, Cecil (1754–95)

It is possible that he was the Pitt who was trading as a u from an address on London Bridge, 1747–49. At ‘The Rising Sun & Fox’, five doors from the corner of New Broad St, Moorfields in 1754. A trade card from this period [Leverhulme Coll., MMA, NY]…

Price, John (1726–58)

Son of Petley Price of Wantage, Berks., Gent. App. to Thomas Money on 7 December 1726 and free of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude, 3 March 1735/36. His trade card [Heal Coll., BM and Gardener Coll., Westminster Ref. Lib.] indicates that he made and sold a…

Rodwell, James (1743–62)

Trade card [MMA, NY] shows a ‘lit a la duchesse’ within an ornate surround of heavy Baroque acanthus scrolls. Card states that Rodwell ‘Buys, Sells & Appraises all manner of Household Goods, New & Old, as Standing Beds & Bed…