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Bruce, David (1792-1823)

Bruce, David, Aldersgate St, London, cm and u (1792–1823). Recorded at no. 110 in 1792 and no. 113, 1800–23. [D] Took out Sun Insurance policies on 12 July 1792 for £300 of which £40 accounted for utensils and stock; on 21 January 1802 for £100; on 13 August 1810 and 27 June 1811 for £5,000 on his house, warehouses and workshops ‘parts of which extend to Long Lane’; and on 22 August 1811 for £5,700 on house, warehouses, sawpits, sheds, utensils and stock. [GL, Sun MS vol. 388, p. 240; vol. 423, ref. 727217; vol. 452, ref. 848124; vol. 451, ref. 858596; vol. 457, ref. 860763] Named in Sheraton's list of master cabinet makers, 1803. Bill of 4 May 1813 survives from Bramston to Bruce regarding money due ‘for his Tythes’ of his house, workshop and warehouse in Aldersgate St. [PRO, C13 525] In 1809 he supplied ‘twenty mahogany trellis chairs, the back legs reeded and fluted, the seats covered with best leather’ for the Governor's Room at the Bank of England. The chairs were 84s each, and the elbow chairs, 98s. A similar set is in the Dining Room at the Soane Museum and a set of similar chairs was sold at Sotheby's on 13 October 1967, lot 108. [C. Life, 3 October 1947; DEF; V & A archives]

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