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Gammage (or Gamidge), Robert (1710-1725)

Gammage (or Gamidge), Robert

‘The Crown’, two doors above the School, St Paul's Churchyard, London; chair maker (fl. 1710–d. by 1725)

First mentioned by name on 20 December 1712 when James Logan of Philadelphia, USA, wrote to James Askew, his factor in London ordering ‘2 finest Virginia Walnut Chairs … the same wth those I had of Gamage at the Crown in Pauls Ch Yard with Paws at the feet’.

The business was clearly in existence well before this date and London Gazette, 28–31 January 1709/10 advertised that Richard Lewis an apprentice  cane chair maker, born in Shropshire, had absconded from his master at ‘The Crown’ in St Paul's Churchyard. It is highly likely that Gammage was the master involved.

Gammage was dead by March 1725 in which month his widow advertised in the Daily Courant:

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All Sorts of Chairs and Couches, Mahogenny Wood, Virginia Walnut, English Walnut, and Walnut-Tree Wood for Gun Stocks’. She indicated that she was ‘designing to leave off trade [Daily Courant, Saturday, 13 March 1725, Issue 7303].

From 1725–30 the premises were used as a tavern retaining the previous trade sign, but in the latter year they reverted once more to a chair making and furniture business when John Brown took them over [Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Logan papers; Connecticut., vol. 93, p. 181; Daily Courant, 13 March 1725].

By Brian Austen

Source: DEFM

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