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Gar(d)ner, Samuel (1817-40)

Gar(d)ner, Samuel, Hotel Row, Eastgate St, Chester, cm and u (1817–40). Admitted freeman on 1 November 1817. Several local commissions by this maker are recorded and imply a good reputation with local patrons. In 1836 furniture was supplied and work undertaken for Charles Morrall of Stanley Pl., Chester, amounting to £66 3s 11d. This commission included a pair of simulated rosewood cabinets charged at £8. Worked for the Chapter of Chester Cathedral and in 1836 supplied a writing table in the Gothic style for the Song School. An oak library bookcase at Burton Court, Herefs., originally made for the Rev. Mr Evans of Burton Court, c. 1830, has a note attached to indicate that it came from Samuel Gardner's workshops. An advertisement in an 1840 directory indicates that he also dealt in plate glass, carpets and blankets, and arranged funerals. [D; Lloyds Bank archives; Architectural History, vol. 14, p. 74] See Mary Gardner & Sons.

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