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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…

Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Buck, Ann (1741–50)

Trade card showing Queen Anne's bust framed by Rococo scrolls states that she ‘Buys and Sells Beds, Bedding, Buroes, BookCases Chairs, Glasses, China, and all Sorts of Household Furniture New & Old. NB. Quilt…

Burnett, Thomas (1744–74)

Recorded at ‘The King's Arms, against the New Church in the Strand’, 1747–66, and no. 61 Strand, 1760–74. [D] In partnership with Gilbert Burnett, 1747–74. Named as a Fellow of the Society for Arts and Manufactures, 1761–68. Marriage to Miss Jenny Parker…

Burton, Samuel snr (1765–d. 1801)

Addresses given in St Mary Axe, near Leadenhall St, c. 1765; 13 Houndsditch, 1768–83; no. 15, 1778–86; no. 11, 1782–83; and no. 8, 1782–1801. Recorded as Samuel Burton & Son, 1799; and Burton & Son, 1800–01. Trade card, c. 1765, has inscription…

Chamberlain, John (d. 1743)

In March 1743 the sale of his stock by auction was announced. The stock consisted of ‘Desks and Bookcases, Desks, Tables, Chests of Drawers, Cloaths Chests, Scrutores etc in Walnut-Tree,…

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…

Clarkson, William (c. 1760)

His trade card states that he ‘Makes & sells all Sorts of Upholstery, Cabinet Goods viz. Four Post & other Bedsteads, wth Damask, Mohair, Moreen, Harratteen, Cheney, Cotton & Check Furnit1, Feather Bed…

Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Curtis, John (1768–1824)

An advertisement in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal of 8 October 1768, gives details of property for sale in Wisbech, including ‘a Shop or Shed … near to Roper's Fields, now in the Occupation of John Curtis, chairmaker’. The poll bks of…