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Gainge, — (1732-40)

Gainge, —, address unknown, joiner (1732–40). Recorded supplying furniture to Earl Fitzwalter for Moulsham Hall, Essex. In November 1734 he was paid £2 12s 6d for a mahogany dining table 4ft 3in. by 5ft, and in August 1738 18s for a settee for the Earl's dressing room. A garden seat and ‘a framed stand for the gardener to clip the garden hedges with’ were paid for in July 1740. These appear rather minor items for which a local craftsman might be employed. In 1732 however an account was submitted by Gainge, of which no details survive, for £513 17s 4d of which amount £498 5s was settled, suggesting a much larger scale of operation and the possibility that he was a London craftsman. [A. C. Edwards, The Accounts of Benjamin Mildmay, Earl Fitzwalter, pp. 62, 106, 108]

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