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Erwood, Solomon (1741-1813)

Erwood, Solomon, 3 Brownlow St, Holborn, London, billiard table maker (b. 1741–d. 1813). Trade card [Landauer Coll., MMA, NY] reads ‘Maces, Cues &c. on the shortest Notice.’ Took out Sun Insurance policies in 1778 for £400 of which utensils and stock accounted for £200; and on 15 January 1808 for £800, £600 on utensils and stock. [GL, Sun MS vol. 270, p. 97; vol. 441, ref. 812556] Submitted a bill to Mr Hill on 21 December 1780 for eight billiard maces and case. [Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Leigh receipts DR 18/5] In December 1791 Solomon Erwood was paid £27 16s 6d by the 5th Duke of Bedford by order of Henry Holland, the architect, presumably for a billiard table for Woburn. [Bedford Office, London] A billhead [Banks Coll., BM] is dated 24 June 1807. Death, aged 72, reported in Gents Mag., March 1813. He was succeeded by James and Alfred Erwood.

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