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Atkinson, Thomas (1748–76)

Admitted a member of the Joiners’ Co. on 5 July 1748. Subscribed to Chippendale's Director, 1754. Traded from an address at ‘The Sun’ on the south side of St Paul's Churchyard. On his trade card he claimed to be the successor ‘to the late Mr. Belcher’. He…

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, Abraham & Son (1811–28)

Named as Baines & Son in directories between 1822–28. The stamp of Baines & Son, 1 St Paul's, London, occurs on a circular monopodium rosewood table with a plaque underneath stating, in French, that Napoleon Bonaparte signed his abdication upon it…

Barefoote, Josiah (d. 1744)

Sale of stock announced in Daily Advertiser, 19 May 1744: ‘The Upholstery & Cabinet Goods of Mr Josiah Barefoote, deceas'd within Two Doors of Durham Yard in the Strand, viz. worsted Damask Beds, … settee…

Barker, Robert snr (b. 1706–d. 1781)

Subscribed to Chippendale's Director, 1754. Son of John Barker, u of Petergate, bapt. 9 December 1707 at Holy Trinity (Christ Church), King's Sq. Admitted freeman by patrimony in 1731. Married twice, having, by the first marriage, four children who…

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,…

Bell, Daniel (1725–31)

Supplied furniture and upholstery to the Duke of Montrose between 1725–29 including a large mahogany oval table and frame, £6 15s, six walnut chairs with scarlet lace seats, £10 4s, a mahogany tea table…

Bisset(t) (or Birset), John (c. 1760–93)

Trade card, c. 1760 [Banks Coll., BM] gives address at ‘Ye Chair & Coffin’, Lower Moorfields, and states ‘stocks in Trade And Household Goods of all Sorts Bought, Sold or Appraised’. Card has Rococo embellishments and shows Chippendale-…

Bladwell, John (1724–68)

These dates possibly cover two related tradesmen. On 7 December 1724 took out a Sun Insurance policy for £500 on goods and merchandise in his house ‘four doors above the Buck's Tavern in Bow St.’, the street where he is recorded in the…

Boothby, John

Mid 18thcentury trade card framed by elaborately scrolled and foliated bedstead with drapes and tester, states that he ‘Makes and Sells all Sorts of Upholstery Goods, Cabinets, Chairs, and Looking Glasses…