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Dawes, Thomas (1783–1825)

Dawes, Thomas

London; cabinet maker, upholder and ‘inventor of the patent sun shades’ (fl.1783–1825)

Recorded at 26–28 Dean St, 1783–99; nos 68–69, 1798–1824; and 48 Conduit St, 1803–04; in partnership with James Newton 1812–17, at no. 59 Dean St in 1820; also 20–21 Carlisle St, 1808–25. In 1785 Dawes registered a patent for an ‘outdoor sun shade’ for windows. Subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793 and Cabinet Dictionary, 1803. Named in his list of master cabinet makers, 1803. Took out Sun Insurance policies on 11 April 1791 for £1,800 on his house and goods; and on 28 March 1804 for £2,400 on household goods as 33 Michael Pl., Brompton, in tenure. Daws jnr, cm of Dean St, subscribed to Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803. The partnership with Newton lasted 15 years but only one piece survives, a console table, 1812-20 (illus. Ellwood, Furniture History (1995), p.169), with the printed label ‘Manufactory for Patent Outside Sun Shades, Dawes and Newton, Cabinet Makers, Upholsterers, Appraisers, Auctioneers and Undertakers, 69 Dean Street, Soho, Superior Carpets, Bedding, Blankets &c.’. A Benjamin Dawes, presumably a son, was recorded at 20 Carlisle Street in Robson’s Directory for 1826. He supplied sunshades to Hopetoun House in 1832. See also Bartholomew Dawes

Source: DEFM; Ellwood, ‘James Newton’, Furniture History (1995).

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