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Cooper, John (1786-87)

Cooper, John, Boston, Lincs., cm and u (1786–87). In December 1786 he announced that he had just opened his business after a period in the trade in London. He claimed to have ‘a large quantity and great variety of mahogany, satin, purple, king and tulip woods: all kind of stain'd woods, stringing and shells’. He also advertised for ‘Three or Four Hands’ and an app. In July 1787 he once more advertised for staff stating that he required immediately ‘Six Journeyman CABINET MAKERS and CHAIR CARVERS’ who were offered permanent employment at London rates. He also needed an app. and a turner ‘who is handy at making Chairs and Wheels, and everything in that Branch’. Next month he advertised that he required immediately ‘Eight Journeymen Cabinet-makers’ and ‘A Pair of SAWYERS, that is used to Sawing Mahogany Veneers &c.’. [Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, 22 December 1786, 20 July, 17 August 1787]

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