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Bailey, Edward (1809–40)

In 1826 he endorsed the prefatory recommendation in Nicholson's Practical Cabinet Maker as ‘Manufacturer to His Majesty’, and is recorded in London directories between 1809 and 1840. He is frequently named in the Royal Household accounts as…

Brailsford, William (1774–1837)

Trading with Thomas Brailsford at High St in 1774; alone at Norfolk St in 1787; at 3 Market St in 1797; and at 3 George St in 1837. [D] Subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793. Employed at Chatsworth, Derbs., by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, supplying…

Chippendale, Thomas snr (b. 1718–d. 1779)

Enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’: his career and achievements have been researched in depth and his name is now…

Croxford, Francis (1733)

Croxford was described in 1733 as a furniture maker ‘eminent in his profession for his many new and beautiful designs, neatness of workmanship, etc.’. The only firm fact known about his career is that in July 1733 his stock was advertised for sale by…

Francis, William (1793–1840)

Gomm, William & Richard (c. 1698–1794)

William Gomm was born c. 1698 the son of Richard Gomm, a yeoman farmer of Chinnor, Oxon. In 1713 he was app. to Hugh Maskall of London, a member of the Leathersellers’ Co. which Gomm also joined on the completion of his apprenticeship. In 1770 he was made…

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…

Graham, Joseph & partners (1767–1829)

This business started by Joseph Graham involved various other members of the family in partnership. It operated from 7 St Paul's Churchyard, 1767–1814, and then the number changed to 3 for the period 1816–19. On 17 January 1820 the business opened at a…

Griffith(s), Charles (1831–40)

Freeman of Chester, 27 April 1831. Bankrupt March 1838 and on 3 April his stock was offered for sale at his premises at 89 Watergate St Row. This consisted of ‘four post and tent bedsteads with chintz curtains lined and fringed, hair and…

Honiss, William Henry (1837–39)

Advertised in Sussex Agricultural Express, 10 June 1837, offering thanks for fifteen years of liberal patronage, and stating that he has ‘an extensive assortment of Furniture which he is enabled to offer at very low prices, for ready money consisting of…