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Anderson, John (before 1746)

In the Maryland Gazette, 21 October 1746 he announced that he made ‘Chairs, Tables, Desks, Bureaus, Dressing Tables, Clock Cases and all kinds of Furniture’. He stated that he was ‘late from Liverpool’.

Arrowsmith, Stephen (c. 1730–58)

Born 26 December 1701 at Nantwich, Cheshire, his father being a skinner by trade. His address is variously given on trade labels as ‘The Blue-Ball, in St. Martin's-le-Grand, near Aldergate’ and the ‘Blew Ball & Hartichoake in Aldersgate St’. At the…

Barton, I.

address unrecorded. Between 15 February and 10 March 1798 supplied a mahogany Pembroke table and four ‘Camber’ chairs, and cleaned ‘the bookcase & bureau of ink etc’, for Stourhead. [Wilts. RO, MS 383/5/1]

Bateman, John (date unrecorded)

A walnut bureau is recorded bearing the label of John Bateman. [C. Life, 14 June 1962, p. 1420]

Belcher & Gray (1769–81)

Addresses given at Brownlow St, Holborn, 1769–83, and Poultney St, Golden Sq., 1783–84. In 1779 supplied beds and bedding for Sir John Griffin Griffin's London house in New Burlington St. [Essex RO, D/DBy/A37/4] Sale of entire stock in trade on…

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, Elizabeth (1740–c. 1758)

Successor to Henry Bell at this address and almost certainly his widow. The trade labels that she used are identical to those of Henry Bell with the exception of the name. Most of the bills name the business as Elizabeth Bell & Son, the son probably…

Bell, Henry (1736–d. 1740)

Successor to Coxed & Woster at this address. The death of Woster was announced in 1736 and it was probably in this year that Henry Bell commenced trading here. His trade card indicates that he made and sold ‘all Sorts of ye finest Cabinet…

Bell, Philip (1758–74)

Successor to Elizabeth Bell and almost certainly her son. His father was probably Henry Bell who also traded at the same address. For a time he traded in partnership with Elizabeth Bell but appears to have been in sole charge by 1758. Initially he used…

Bennet(t), Samuel (c. 1695–d. 1741)

The name of this accomplished craftsman and the words ‘LONDON FECIT’ are found inlaid on two high-quality bureau-bookcases, on the pilasters framing the doors (Fig. 5). One of these, formerly in the…