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Townson & Gardener

address unrecorded. Four-drawer bowfronted mahogany commode, c.1810, by this firm, advertised in C. Life, 27 April 1978, supplement, p. 489.

Turner, J

address unrecorded. The Royal accounts of June 1839 refer to built-in furniture at Buckingham Palace, made by J. Turner at a cost of £188. It consisted of a ‘satinwood Press fixed in Anti-Room’ with ‘scribing pieces’; and other furnishings were as follows…

Vile, William (c. 1700/05–d. 1767)

William Vile was born early in the 18th century, probably in Somerset. A search of local records shows the name of Vile in profusion, but it may always elude us as to which William Vile of the many the cm was. The problem will perhaps only be solved by…

Viney, Joseph (1793–1822)

Trading with his son, Joseph Viney jnr, 1807– 22, at 139–140 Thomas St, 1814–22. [D] Stamp of ‘J. VINEY’ recorded on a mahogany commode, c. 1810, with lifting top, on turned legs; in ownership of the family.

Wacher (or Wacker), John (1778–89)

Believed to be of Flemish descent. Can possibly be identified with the John Wacker who took out insurance cover of £200 on his utensils and stock at Wells St in 1778. This low insurance cover does not altogether accord with the…

Walker, John (1766–75)

App. to John Halsey, carver, in 1745 and Edward Griffiths, cm, in 1752. Free of York as a joiner, 1766. Involved in the supply of furniture to Harewood House, Yorks. 1771–75, though he was possibly employed at an even earlier date for there is an isolated…

Ward, Thomas (1773–80)

A maker of considerable consequence although his name does not appear in London trade directories of the period. The business was also probably substantial in size though insurance records refer only to property. In 1779 he took out cover of…

West, John (1743–58)

May have used the same property as Thomas Arne, father of the composer, in King St. Arne was murdered on 2 March 1730. If this is the case however West must have changed the trade sign, for that of Arne was ‘The Two Crowns &…

Wilkinson, Edward (1766–98)

His marriage to a Miss Bates was announced in October 1766 and he was described as ‘an eminent upholsterer and cabinet maker’. By March 1777 he was bankrupt but must have resumed business again almost immediately for in the following year he…

Williams, Nicholas (1716)

In May 1716 he offered for sale ‘all sorts of Chests of Drawers, Hanging Presses, Clock cases, Cabinets, Scrutores, Commode Tables, Desks, Book cases and Looking glasses of the newest…