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Fox, Thomas & Company  (1839-1884)

Fox, Thomas & Company  

Bishopsgate, London; upholders, cabinet makers and upholsterers (fl.1839-1884)

93 Bishopsgate Street, London, ‘Upholder by Appointment to the Hon. East India Company’. So reads his advertisement in Pigot's Directory, 1839, and continues: ‘True Economy is BEST CONSULTED BY AN INSPECTION OF THE Elegant Stock of CABINET & UPHOLSTERY FURNITURE AT THOMAS FOX'S ESTABLISHMENT, No. 93, BISHOPSGATE STREET WITHIN, LONDON, WHICH, IN COMBINATION OF QUALITY AND PRICE, CANNOT BE EXCELLED.’

Fox and Company advertised their extensive, economical and elegant stock of Furniture suited to every style of residence, from the cottage to the mansion; among which is to be found Looking Glasses, varying from 18 inches to 120 inches in height in rich gilt frames, Carpets, Chintzes, and ornamented Glass in every variety. N.B. Every article delivered from this establishment will be found durable, as well as low in price [Sussex Agricultural Express, 30 March, 11 May and 8 June 1839].

The Furniture Gazette, 17 February 1877, recorded that a patent for a new spring mattress or platform for bedding, which had been taken out by Fox on 21 January 1874, had become void. They displayed 'well-made general furniture' at the Furniture Trades Exhibition, Agricultural Hall, Islington, 1882 The Furniture Gazette, 13 May 1882]. In September 1883 they advertised for ‘an educated young man to assist in the showrooms and act as a salesman’ for Thomas Fox & Co. [The Furniture Gazette, 1 September 1883] and in both 1883 and 1884 they displayed dining room furniture in fumigated oak and bedroom furniture in ash and teak at the Annual Furniture Exhibitions, Agricultural Hall [The Furniture Gazette, 31 March & 5 May 1883 and 17 May 1884]. 

Their trade card c.1840 is in the John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Library.

93 Bishopsgate Street is the same address as for Joseph Cooper.  Listed in the London Post Office Directory 1845 at same address and in P O Directory 1871 Thomas Fox & Co. recorded at 77 Bishopsgate Within. By 1883 their address was 74-77 Bishopsgate Within.  

Sources: DEFM; Stabler, ‘Furniture Makers’ Trade-Cards and Bill-Heads in the John Johnson Collection’, FHS Newsletter (May 2007).


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