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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…

Elward, George & Marsh, William (1774–1840)

WILLIAM MARSH. The earliest record of his name that has appeared so far is an entry for insurance cover of £1,500 in 1774 [GL, Sun MS vol. 236, ref. 348625] where he is described as ‘upholder … near Charles Street in Mount…

Francis, William (1793–1840)

Hodson, John (1709–86)

Son of Thomas Hodson, innholder of Lincoln. App. to Thomas Arne jnr on 23 February 1709, and admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude on 3 December 1718. Took app. named Lawrence Rudyard, 1733–45. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records] Appears to have…

Moor(e), Richard (1716–20)

Recorded at ‘The Two Twisted Posts’, St Martin's Lane when he insured goods and merchandise with the Sun Co. in July 1718. The policy is endorsed: ‘Mem.m the Interest of this Policy is become the side property of Daniel Bell in Right of his wife Relict…

Oakley, George (1773–1840)

The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the…

Saunders, John (1827–41)

John Saunders appears to have continued the family's general upholstery work at Brighton Pavilion after the death of his father, Thomas Saunders, c.1826. The Royal Household accounts, 1827–31, detail his regular employment for ‘frequent and…

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…

Smith, Charles (1781–1825)

Charles Smith traded on his own account at 69 Lower Grosvenor St, 1784–90, and by 1790 his firm was claiming to be ‘Upholsters to Their Majesties’. By 1791, however, he was in partnership with Robert Donald Smith and the business changed its trading style…

Turner, Thomas (1809–40)

Recorded in partnership with Henry Turner, 1809–25. [D] In 1816 they together submitted a three-page account and business letter concerning furniture supplied to Sir Henry Carr Ibbetson of Denton Hall, Yorks., costing £144 11s 6d. Some items survive at…