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Chew, William (b. 1784–d. 1824)

Initially traded in partnership with his father John Chew under the style ‘Chew & Son’. In November 1811 it was announced that they were agents for ‘patent adjusting bedsteads for the relief of sick, lame & infirm persons’ devised by Messrs Parker…

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…

Cooper, Joseph (1761–1828)

From 1761 to 1797 at 20 Noble St, Foster Lane. In 1761 he was licenced to employ three nonfreemen for three months and took out further licences to employ two non-freemen in 1762–63 and 1767. First mentioned in directories in 1763. In 1777 shown to have…

Cullen, James (1754–79)

Listed in London directories between 1765 and 1779. Nothing is known of his background before 1754 when, together with ‘several of the principal wrights in Edinburgh’ he advertised the formation of the Edinburgh Upholstery, Joiner and…

Dowbiggin(g) (or Dowbiggen), Thomas (b. 1788–d. 1854)

After long neglect, Dowbiggin has at last come to light as probably the most highly reputed and successful cm of the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. He headed a celebrated and prosperous furniture, decorating and building business,…

France, William snr (1734?–d. 1773)

William France snr who had a distinguished patronage, and whose firm continued after his death in various titles (noted at end of entry), may have been born in 1734. One of that name was bapt. on 1 January 1734 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, [PR] son…

Kennett, Robert & Kidd, William (1766–95)

Amongst the Chancery Masters’ Exhibits in the PRO is an account book of a furniture-making firm for 1792–95. [PRO, C 114/81] It is one of the few known ledgers of an 18th-century furniture-making firm and reveals an extensive trade. The firm was Robert…

Linnell, William (b. c. 1703–d. 1763)

William Linnell was the son of a yeoman, John Linnell of Hemel Hempstead, Herts. He went to London in 1717 to serve his apprenticeship with Michael Savage, a member of the Joiners’ Co. In 1719 he was turned over to John Townshend with whom he completed…

McLean, John & Son (1770–1825)

The origins of this firm may possibly be found on the south side of Little Newport St, Leicester Sq., where in June 1770 a ‘Jn Mc Lane’ became the tenant of a ‘Ho & workshops’ at a rent of £36 pa. In 1774 ‘Jno M'Clean cabinet maker’ is…