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Dell, Benjamin (1749-1802)

Dell, Benjamin

Moorfields, London, bedstead maker (1749–1802)

The son of Francis Dell, a publican of Reading, Berksshire, apprenticed to Richard Wright on 4 May 1749 and admitted a freeman of the London Upholders’ Company by servitude on 3 August 1758. He bound as apprentice Thomas Robinson until 1771 and Neal Young, 1764–76.

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British Museum

Trade card of Benjn Dell, Bedstead-Maker next Door to the Sash middle Moorfds Makes & Sells all Sorts of Four Post, Turnup & Stand.g of all sorts. In Mahogany, Wainscot, Beach &c. Wholesale & Retail at ye most reasonable RATES. NB Bedsteads Dyed in ye neatest manner, c. 1763–92 [Heal,28.58]. © The Trustees of the British Museum

A 1763 directory gives Punch Bowl Alley, Lower Moorfields and Ambrose Heal also noted Christopher's Alley, Moorfields.

Sources: DEFM; Guildhall Library (GL), Upholders’ Company records and Livery lists

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