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Alden, Anne (1717–24)

In 1717 took app. named Humphrey Wilcox who continued the business at the same address on her retirement in 1724. Between October and Christmas 1724 he disposed of her stock which consisted of ‘standing beds, common curtains and vallince,…

Allin, William (1770–88)

Insured with the Sun Fire Office in 1776 for a total of £1,000 of which £400 was for utensils and stock. On 8 May he advertised his intention to discontinue trading and offered his stock to the public at ‘considerably under Prime cost’. He stated that his…

Arbuthnot, Philip (1702–27)

One of the most fashionable furniture suppliers of the first decades of the 18th century. In June 1702 he was undertaking repairs to marquetry furniture and executing gilding at Drayton House, Northants., amounting to £52 9s 6d. In…

Armstrong, Michael (1776)

On 4 July 1776 advertised in Pugh's Hereford Journal that he was ‘from London’ and able to make ‘Pier and Chimney-Glass frames, Girandoles, Sconces &c. gilt in oil or Burnish'd Gold,…

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,…

Bell, Daniel (1724–34)

Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 11 May 1728 for £1,800 on his dwellings, stock in trade and merchandise, fortunately, since on 13 October that year ‘a violent fire broke out at a Mr. Currier's [or a Currier's] in Rose Street near Long Acre, which…

Boson, John (1720–d. 1743)

When John Boson died in April 1743 he had become one of a select group of craftsmen closely connected with the designs of William Kent. Vertue said of Boson that he was ‘a man of great ingenuity and undertook great works in his way for the prime people of…

Bradford, John (c. 1674–75)

Walnut parquetrycabinet or chest of drawers with compass stringing recorded, one drawer of which is lined with cancelled MS accounts of 1674–75. Label inside reads: ‘Cabinets…

Brown, James (1747–96)

Traded initially at the sign of ‘The King's Arms’ on the south side of St Paul's Churchyard which had been previously used by Christopher Gibson. When numbering was introduced this became 29 St Paul's Churchyard. He was a member of the Joiners’ Co., and a…

Brumfield (or Bro(o)mfield), Philip (1661–67)

Recorded in the Royal Household accounts between 1662–67 supplying furniture for Hampton Court and Whitehall Palace, including ‘sixe Sheilds all Gilt with burnish gold’; ‘Stooles Crimson and gould gilt…