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Bradburn(e), John (1750–d. 1781)

Bradburne held the Royal Warrant of ‘Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe’ and was responsible for supplying considerable quantities of furniture and furnishings to the Royal Household between 1764 and 1777. His…

Elward, George & Marsh, William (1774–1840)

WILLIAM MARSH. The earliest record of his name that has appeared so far is an entry for insurance cover of £1,500 in 1774 [GL, Sun MS vol. 236, ref. 348625] where he is described as ‘upholder … near Charles Street in Mount…

Hall, Joseph (1740–54)

Son of Joseph Hall, joiner; admitted burgess in 1740. In 1749 his app. William Lodge appealed successfully to the Magistrates for release from his apprenticeship on grounds of ill-treatment. Polled at Hull in 1754. Trade card, c.1745–55, shows an early-…

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…

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…

Minshall, John (1769–75)

Settled in Dock St in 1769, establishing a large business in carved frames for mirrors. In 1775 Minshall's looking-glass store in Hanover Sq., opposite to Mr Goelet's the sign of ‘The Golden Key’, advertised ‘an…

Nelson, Sefferin (sometimes ‘Saffron’) (1769–c. 1796)

An important craftsman employed on many of the major building projects of this period for carved work in wood. He had associations with the leading architects of the period such as Robert Adam and Henry Holland under whose general…

Pardoe, John (1717–48)

His trade card of c. 1720 indicates that he was originally established ‘against St. Clements Church’ but had recently moved to ‘The Cabinet & Chair’, next Temple Bar, Strand. He made and sold ‘all sorts of Looking Glasses,…

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…