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Folker, Samuel Sheppard (1819-1831)

Folker, Samuel Sheppard

North Street, Brighton, Sussex; cabinet maker, carver and gilder to His Majesty, looking-glass manufacturer and print seller (fl. 1819–31)

Addresses given at no. 137, 1819–21; Royal Colonnade, North Street, 1822–28; and 143 North Street in 1831.

He and his wife Susannah Folker baptised six children: William Thorp on 26 December 1821; Sara Thorp on 21 May 1823; John Ambros on 24 June 1825; William Henry on 1 September 1826; Alfred on 16 September 1828; and Alfred Hanley on 11 June 1830 [East Sussex Record Office, Baptismal records].

Trade card, c. 1825, incorporates Royal coat of arms, and reads: ‘S.S. FOLKER, Carver, Gilder & Frame Maker To His Majesty, Royal Colonnade, North Street, Brighton. PLATE GLASS WAREHOUSE.’ Announced the opening of his premises at 137 North St in Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 1 February 1819, having arrived from Messrs. Boydell & Co., 90 Cheapside, London. Advertised in Brighton Gazette, 22 February 1821; and also 6 May 1821, when he claimed ‘A Drawing Desk has been invented by Mr. S.S. Folker, of the Royal Colonnade, by which a lady may be enabled to mount her own drawings, and which may also be used as a reading desk. It has a drawer for paints and brushes, and by means of moveable joints, the frame is adapted either for portraits or landscape painting; and it also has an ingenious contrivance for holding books, which answers the purpose of a T. square’ Folker worked at Brighton Pavilion in November 1830, repairing and gilding eight ‘Turned Ornaments’ for £2 8s; and in January 1831, repairing and gilding a glass frame for £11 [Windsor Royal Archives].

Source: DEFM

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