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Gardner, William (1701–1712)

Gardner, William

‘The One Cane Chair’, south side of St Paul's Churchyard, London; cane chair maker (fl. 1701–12)

William Gardener (or Gardner) was one of the appraisers of Thomas Warden’s estate after the latter’s death in 1701. In 1706 he was listed on the inventory of one Sheffield, chair maker, as owing Sheffield money ‘on bond’. His trade card is illustrated with an engraving of a cane chair and indicates that he made and sold ‘Cane Chairs, Couches and Cane-Sashes’.

The card was still being used in July 1712 and on the 10th of that month Gardener used one to provide a receipt for Lady Heathcote for £3 17s.

Source: DEFM; Lindey, ‘Apprenticeships in the London Joiners' Company, 1640-1720’, Regional Furniture (2008); Lindey, ‘Thomas Warden (c. 1660-1701) and Cane Chair-Makers in the City of London’, Furniture History (2016).

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