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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…

Elliott, Charles (1752–d. 1832)

and successors. Charles Elliott was one of the chief London cm of the late 18th century. He held royal appointments from 1783–c. 1810, and was succeeded as royal cm and u by William Francis, his brother-in-law and partner. The firm continued in the royal…

Gates, William (1774–after 1800)

William Gates was a cm who specialized in fine inlay and engraved woodwork. He succeeded John Bradburn as a tradesman to the Great Wardrobe, his warrant from George III being dated July 1777. Gates's first recorded commission from the…

Goodison, Benjamin (c. 1700–67)

Benjamin Goodison first comes to notice on 7 September 1719 when he signed for money for ‘my master’ James Moore from the Duchess of Marlborough. [BL, Add. MS 61354, f.76; Ian Caldwell in The Antique Collector, May 1986, p. 96] Further on 1 April 1720 he…

Lomax, Francis (c. 1730–c. 1750)

App. to Joseph Thomas of Shrewsbury, cm and joiner 1723. His son George, later to follow his father's trade, was born 10 July 1733. A George II walnut dressing glass is known bearing his trade label which is probably the earliest usage of this method of…

Mawer, H. & Stephenson

London. Stamp recorded on various pieces: a George III mahogany partner's desk with rectangular leather-lined top with nine drawers surrounding a central kneehole [Christie's, 22 January 1981, lot 131]; a small mahogany drum table [Chelsea…

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…

Miles, Henry & Edwards, John (1822–44)

Henry Miles, ‘dealer in Moreens and Printed Furniture’ at this address, took out a Sun Insurance policy on 26 February 1823 for £1,800, of which £1,500 accounted for utensils and stock. [GL, Sun MS vol. 498, ref. 1001630] The firm of Miles & Edwards…

Nix, George (1744–51)

Information about George Nix is somewhat sparse. In 1716 he is described as ‘citizen and joiner’ and recorded taking app. named Edward, son of Edward Halfhide, citizen and joiner, on 15 August for a payment of £15. On 24 April 1718 he took Theo Martinoff…

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…