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Cooper, John (1768-1798)

Cooper, John

London; upholder and cabinet maker (fl. 1768–1798)

The son of Cooper of St Clement, East Cheap, a freeman joiner, apprenticed to Charles Greenwood on 1 December 1768 and admitted a freeman of the Upholders’ Company by servitude on 6 December 1775 [Guildhall Library (GL), Upholders’ Company records] .

In 1776 he is recorded at 20 Great East Cheap and in 1778 at Rood Lane. The following year his address was Clements Lane. He first appeared in London directories in 1784 at 3 St Michael's Alley, Cornhill and traded at this address until his bankruptcy in April 1798. In 1802 he was shown living at 38 Cornhill.

Insurance records show a business of moderate size with £500 cover (£250 stock and utensils) in 1777 and £700 (£400 stock and utensils) in 1780 [London Metropolitan Archive (LMA) Sun MS vol. 255, p. 75; vol. 285, p. 130].

Source: DEFM

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