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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…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Cooke, John (1765–89)

Free 18 February 1765 after serving as app. under Philip Prestbury of Chester, cm. By 1771 had set up in business in Eastgate St. Took apps named John Formstone and Thomas Latchford (free 1784) and James Gardner (free 1790); also Edward Williams from 1775…

Gillow (c. 1730–after 1840)

The name ‘Gillow’ has been firmly associated with furniture making from at least the 1730s until the present day, though the active participation of the Gillow family ceased in the early 19th century. The firm was based in Lancaster though a full London…

Haupt, Georg (b. 1741–d. 1784)

Georg Haupt was born in Stockholm on 10 August 1741. His father, Elias Haupt, was a master cm whose position in the Cabinet-Makers’ Guild appears to have entitled his son to preferential treatment. The young man was app. at thirteen, some…

Kemp, George (1755–97)

Son of George Kemp of Ramsgate, Kent, mariner. Father of Matthew Kemp and George Kemp jnr, both members of the Upholders’ Co. George Kemp snr was made free of the Upholders’ Co. by redemption under the terms of the 1750 Upholders’ Act on 28 August 1755.…

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…

Sandall, Thomas (d. by 1753)

In August 1753 the sale of the stock in trade, tools and utensils of the late Thomas Sandall was announced. His stock included ‘a great variety of exceeding good Cabinet Work, in Walnut-tree & Mahogany, in Cabinets, …

Vile, William (c. 1700/05–d. 1767)

William Vile was born early in the 18th century, probably in Somerset. A search of local records shows the name of Vile in profusion, but it may always elude us as to which William Vile of the many the cm was. The problem will perhaps only be solved by…

Wilkinson, Edward (1766–98)

His marriage to a Miss Bates was announced in October 1766 and he was described as ‘an eminent upholsterer and cabinet maker’. By March 1777 he was bankrupt but must have resumed business again almost immediately for in the following year he…