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Argles, Thomas (1761-95)

Argles, Thomas, Week St, Maidstone, Kent, cm, auctioneer and upholder (1761–95). Father of Edward Argles and in the 1790s the business traded as T. Argles & Son. In the late 1780s employed a Thomas Greenstead as a yearly hired servant and on 1 January 1792 took app. named Samuel Larkin at a premium of £62. In 1784 insurance cover of £1,500 was taken out with the Sun Fire Office, £950 of this being in respect of utensils and stock suggesting a fairly large manufactory by provincial standards. [Poll bk; Maidstone Journal, 6 January 1795; GL, Sun MS vol. 324, p. 644; GL, P83/MRY1/869/1741]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.