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Cushing, Samuel snr and jnr (1770-1840)

Cushing, Samuel snr and jnr, Norwich, carvers and gilders (1770–1840). Samuel snr was app. to Benjamin Jagger and free by servitude, 21 September 1770. Already trading on his own behalf by 1776 at St Giles Broad St, the number being initially 10 but was changed to 9 about 1800. In 1776 advertised that he could execute articles ‘as cheap as in London’ and specified his products as ‘Ornaments for Chimney Pieces, Glass Frames, Girandoles and Picture Frames of all Kinds, in the present Taste, Prints fram'd and glaz'd. oval or square, and every other Article in the Carving Business’. He also pointed out that his wood carvings were 25% cheaper than work carried out in lead; and three years later claimed in an advertisement that he had devised ‘a Method of strengthening light Ornaments, which renders them free from any Danger of breaking’. His only recorded app. was William Dansie who was free 24 February 1793 but as he had two sons to assist in the business outside assistance was probably less necessary. His eldest son Samuel was made free by 1796 and Robert Harley on 26 October 1799. Samuel Cushing snr probably died between 1812 and 1818 and after that his eldest son continued the business at the same address. By 1830 however the address was changed to Bethel St and from 1836 to Surrey St. [D; freemen reg.; poll bks; Norfolk Chronicle, 3 August 1776, 17 July 1779]

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