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Elliott, John (1713-1753)

Elliott, John

High Street, Leicester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; cabinet maker, chair maker, joiner and turner (b. 1713 — emigrated to America 1753)

Elliott, a Quaker, was born 8 August 1713 in Bolton, Lancashire. After being apprenticed to Jehu Sutton, cabinet maker in 1726 and Thomas Hands of Oakham in 1731, he was made a freeman of Leicester in 1739.

He bound several apprentices before emigrating to Philadelphia in 1753. His English background, career in America and that of his son, are the subject of a student thesis by Mary Ellen Hayward (1972) at Winterthur, Delaware.

A simple cabriole leg oak dressing table, acquired by Colonial Williamsburg in 1973 bears the label ‘John Elliott, Cabinet-maker, Joyner and Turner; AT the Sign of the [torn] Coffins, opposite the King's Arms in the High-street; LEICESTER: Makes and sells all sorts of Goods in the above mention'd Branches, in Mahogany, Walnut-tree &c, Intirely new, and as cheap as in LONDON. He also hangs the new Fashion Spring Bells in Gentleman's Houses, in the same manner as done in LONDON. NOTE Looking-glasses Silver'd and Fram'd at reasonable Rates’.

Source: DEFM

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