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Alderman, J. (c. 1830–40)

Folding caned mahogany sedan chair with label [Sotheby's Belgravia, 16 November 1978, lot 25] and mahogany invalid's chair signed on hub caps [Phillips', 19 August 1969, lot 92] known. Label inscribed ‘J. Alderman, Inventor,…

Allan, Thomas (1758)

Freeman of York. May be the Thomas Allen, sedan chairmaker to the royal family, who was resident in Maddox St in the mid 1760s. [Poll bk; C. Life, 12 September 1960, p. 615]

Barber, Elias (1779)

Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1779 for £200 of which utensils, stock and goods accounted for £150. [GL, Sun MS vol. 277, p. 233]

Bowtcher, William (1832)

[Poll bk]

Carpenter, Thomas (1734–49)

Recorded commissions for Lady Monson (1734 and 1745) and the Earl of Hertford (1741) suggest that his main trade was that of sedan chair maker. [Lincoln RO, Monson 12; V & A archives [Duke of Northumberland's accounts); Westminster poll…

Clay, Henry (1772–d. 1812)

App. to John Baskerville of 22 Moor St, Birmingham from 1740–49. He then became a printer, but the wealth and fame that he subsequently achieved was based upon a patent taken out on 20 November 1772 for a ‘new Improved Paper-ware’. This involved pasting…

Farrer, Richard (1722–d. 1780)

Recorded in Spurriergate, 1735–41; Spurriergate and/or Coney St, 1742; and Coney St in 1758. Owned property in Micklegate Bar Without in 1763; let his house in Stonegate in 1766; and retired to Manchester in 1770. Son of Richard Farrer; app. to George…

Griffin, Thomas (1820–39)

References earlier than 1820 exist for this maker but at this period he was probably in the employ of William Griffin & Co. of Whitcomb St, sedan chairmakers to George III. In the period 1820–29 at 28 Princes St, Leicester Sq. at which…

Griffin, William (1787–1825)

In Coventry St, 1787–1806, but from 1791 had additional premises in Whitcomb St which soon became the centre of the business operations. The number is shown as 1 from 1800–04, 31 in 1807 and 74 from 1808. Insurance cover in 1807 on stock and…

Harker, Jonathan

Kendal, Westmld, on 10 June 1825 supplied to Rydal Hall a new sedan chair costing £26. [V&A archives]