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Filmer, H. & Thomas Henry; Filmer & Son; Filmer, E. (1835-1883)

Filmer, H. & Thomas Henry; Filmer & Son; Filmer, E. 

Berners Street, London; cabinet makers and upholsterers (fl.1835-1883

Recorded at 34 Berners Street in 1835 & 1837 (H. & T. Filmer) and in 1839 (T. H. Filmer). The 1845 London Post Office Directory listed Thomas Henry Filmer as an upholsterer at at 28 Berners Street. 

A walnut teapoy, c. 1845, bears a label reading ‘T.H. FILMER’S CABINET, CHAIR, UPHOLSTERY BEDDING & CARPET MANUFACTORY 32 BERNERS St. OXFORD St.’ (illus. Gilbert (1996), fig. 351). Succeeded by Filmer & Son who exhibited a fauteuil (armchair) at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 (illus. Symonds & Whineray, Victorian Furniture (1962,) fig. 282). The piece was constructed to be easily divided into a sofa and four easy chairs. A writer in the Art Journal Catalogue of the Exhibition stated ‘the plan is most ingenious, simple, and of manifest utility’. 

In 1871 Filmer, Thomas Henry & Son were at 31, 32, 34 & 35 Berners Street [1871 London Post Office Directory], and in 1877 Filmer & Son were working as cabinet makers in Berners Street [The Furniture Gazette Directory, 1877]. In 1882 Thomas Henry Filmer & Son were working as upholsterers at 31 & 32 Berners Street [1882 London Post Office Trades Directory].

The Furniture Gazette, 14 July 1883, reported that E. Filmer, trading as Filmer & Son (liq.) of Berners Street and Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square, had agreed a 3rd & final dividend payment of 1s 11 ¼ d.    

Sources: DEFM; Symonds and Whineray, Victorian Furniture (1962); Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).

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