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Burton, Samuel snr (1765-1801)

Burton, Samuel snr

London; upholsterer, cabinet maker, auctioneer and undertaker (fl. 1765–d. 1801)

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    Trade card of Samuel Burton, Upholder & Cabinet-Maker in St. Mary Ax near Leadenhall Street, London, Makes & Sells all Sorts of Cabinet & Upholstery Goods in the genteelest & newest fashion in Silk and Worsted Damask Furniture, Mohair, Morine, and Cotton ditto, with all Sorts of Cheque, Harrateen, &c., Feather Beds, hair & flock Matrasses, Counterpanes, Cotton Quilts, Blankets, &c. Chests of Drawers, Desk & Book Cases, Wardrobes, Dining Tables, Card dittos and Commode Dressing Tables, Chairs, Looking Glasses &c. Turkey, Wilton & other Carpets for Home use or Exportation. Variety of Paper Hangings, c. 1765 [Heal,28.33]. © The Trustees of the British Museum

    Apprenticed to Thomas Ridgway, ‘skynner’ and admitted a freeman of the Upholders’ Company, 7 February 1765. Recorded as Senior Warden of the Upholders’ Company in 1800 [Guildhall Library apprenticeship binds and livery list].

    Addresses given in St Mary Axe, near Leadenhall Street, c. 1765; 13 Houndsditch, 1768–83; no. 15, 1778–86; no. 11, 1782–83; and no. 8, 1782–1801. Recorded as Samuel Burton & Son, 1799; and Burton & Son, 1800–01.

    His apprentices include: 

    • James Barber, 1766–76
    • William Chaplin, 1768–76 
    • Charles Burrell, 1775–82
    • John Fletcher, 1776–84
    • Edward Rickett, 1783–89
    • John Anderson, 1793–1803. Anderson may have been app. to Samuel Burton jnr, since Samuel snr died in 1801. See William Burton of Houndsditch.

    See William Burton of Houndsditch.

    Source: DEFM; Country Live, 11 February 1960, p. 275.

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