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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…

Baines, Henry (1739–84)

Admitted freeman as a joiner, 1739–40, and took eighteen app. joiners and cm between 3 September 1744 and 15 October 1785. On account of his ‘declining business’, a sale of his stock in trade began on Monday 18 February 1782, and was ‘to continue until…

Baldwin, Robert

Lancaster. Named in the Gillow records, 1807, working on a commode. [Westminster Ref. Lib., Gillow vol. 344/98, p. 1819]

Beck, Arnold Frederick (1763–77)

Insured his household goods and stock for £150 and wearing apparel for £50 on 2 August 1763. [GL, ref. 201685, p. 483] Possibly the maker of pianofortes (dated 1775 and 1777) trading at Broad St, Golden Sq., who is thought to have employed a cm in his…

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…

Benson, William (1740–74)

App. to Richard Wood of York from 1 May 1740–47, very possibly meeting Chippendale as co-app., and later becoming his foreman in London. Benson was blamed for neglecting the firm's business in October 1768 owing to the death of his wife and brother, which…

Bickerstaff, William (1829)

[D] Possibly the Bickerstaff of 2 Little Vine St, Piccadilly, whose trade card reads: ‘CARVER & GILDER, PICTURE CLEANER, FURNITURE JAPANNER and ORNAMENTAL PAINTER, Chairs, Sofas, Commodes,…

Booth, —

address unrecorded (1771). Named in the Earl of Ancaster's account book, 25 August 1771, supplying a commodechest of drawers etc., totalling £13 1s. [Lincoln RO, 2 ANC 6/14]

Bracken, — (1778)

Immediately put in charge of the hasty refurnishing of Thorndon Hall by Lord Petre for the visit of George III in October 1778, first proposed by the King on 22 September. Lord Petre's summary account of the visit describes the rooms ‘entirely new…

Bradburn(e), John (1750–d. 1781)

Bradburne held the Royal Warrant of ‘Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe’ and was responsible for supplying considerable quantities of furniture and furnishings to the Royal Household between 1764 and 1777. His…