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Draper, Thomas & Co (1752-1811)

Draper, Thomas & Co. Lower Moorfields, London, u, cm, appraiser and undertaker (1752–1811). Recorded at ‘The Key & Plow’, corner of Dagget's Ct, 1769–71; no. 25 Broker's Row, 1784–1804; nos 23–24, 1806–11; and Broker Row, Finsbury, 1802–03. Son of Thomas Draper, clothier of London; app. to William Guidott on 15 March 1752 and admitted freeman of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude on 5 April 1759. Invoices sent to a Mr Gordon, dated 19 December 1769 for a mahogany desk, £7 17s 6d, and 10 November 1771 for a writing desk and stool, £1 7s 6d, are on the reverse of his trade card which reads: ‘THOMAS DRAPER, Cabinet-maker, Upholder and Appraiser; AT THE KEY and PLOW, the Corner of Daggets-Court in Lower Moorfields, LONDON. BUYS, SELLS, and APPRAISES all kinds of Household Furniture, Second-hand and New. LIKEWISE Executes all ORDERS respecting the UPHOLSTERY and CABINET Branches, in a genteel MANNER with DISPATCH …’. He also sold musical instruments and furnished funerals. [BM; GL, trade card coll.] Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1781 for £200 on his house. Probably the Draper, u, of Broker Row named in Sheraton's list of master cabinet makers, 1803. [D; GL, Upholders’ Co. records; GL, Sun MS vol. 296, p. 509]

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