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Cooper, — (1699-1704)

Cooper, —, Chatsworth, Derbs., u (1699–1704). The Chatsworth accounts show an u named Cooper working on an extensive scale from 1699–1704. The accounts mention an annual wage of £30 in 1704 suggesting that Cooper was probably resident during this period and concentrating all his efforts on the Chatsworth commissions. The earliest entries are for 28 September 1699 when Cooper was paid £35 for a ‘skreen’ and £43 14s for ‘2 bills for the new bed’. In 1701 several payments were made for making and altering furniture and he is recorded working in conjunction with other craftsmen. Payment was made in July 1702 to ‘Mr Buxton for Silk thread, galloone etc. for Mr Cooper upholsterer’ and Cooper's expenses for travelling to London were met. Matthew and Robert Carver were paid for 59 days at 9d per day for assisting ‘Mr Cooper to make up furniture’. The next year Cooper travelled to Manchester at the Duke of Devonshire's expense ‘to buy Manchester goods’ which included 300 yards of baize for covering for chairs costing £15 5s 9d. In 1704 he was varnishing and gilding chair frames, cleaning and mending locks and supplying blue and red silk lace ‘to finish Chapel closet’. [Chatsworth papers, account bks]

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