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Cauty, William (1748–80)

Established initially at the sign of ‘The Chair & Curtains’ at the west end of Somerset House, Strand. His trade card from this period states that he was able to supply ‘Chairs, Tables and Glasses of all sorts,…

Crook, Benjamin snr (1732–50)

Although he was not elected freeman of the Joiners’ Co. until 13 September 1734 it is clear that he was trading earlier than this date. On 30 December 1732 he took out insurance cover of £300 which included not only his household goods but…

Gale, Thomas (1772–78)

In 1772 described as the patentee for ‘a newly invented bedstead which when shut up, presents the appearance of a bookcase or wardrobe’. In 1776 insured his house and goods for £900 and in the following year his utensils and stock…

Goertz, H. L (1814–40)

Goertz apparently immigrated to England from his native Hanover between 1799 and 1802 when that city was under Napoleonic threat. Seemingly, in Royal employ at Windsor for at least a quarter of a century, he was constantly involved with routine …

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…

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…

Oakley, George (1773–1840)

The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the…

Roberts, James (1759–d. by 1805)

Warerooms recorded ‘under the Assembly Room’ in 1804; and trading at Market St at his death in 1805. Admitted freeman, 1759–60. The Gillows Ledger, 1763–68, shows a large account with Roberts. Took apps on 14 November 1760, 13 November 1765, 24 February…

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…

Simson (or Simpson), George (1780–1839)

Son of John Simpson (sic) of Chatham, Kent, surgeon and apothecary. App. to Noah Chivers of London on 2 December 1772 and free of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude in February 1780. By 1787 had established his own business at the St Paul's Churchyard…