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Handford, T; Handford & Co. (1800-1840)

Handford, T.; Handford & Co.

London; writing desk manufacturer (fl. 1800-40)

Handford & Co., writing desk manufacturer, listed at 94 Strand in 1804.

A brass bound portable mahogany writing desk, c.1830–40, recorded, bearing the trade label below. 

trade card
Copyright (Attribution/Credit)
British Museum, London

Handford trade card: ‘Handford's Improved Writing Desks. T. HANDFORD, No. 94 Strand, MANUFACTURER of Copying Machines, Writing Desks and all kinds of Ladies & Gentlemen's PORTABLE CASES for every purpose Completed & adapted for travelling in any part of the World & hellip; Old Desks are repaired or taken in Exchange. Orders for the East or West Indies punctually executed and Country Dealers supplied on the most reasonable terms’ [D,2.524]. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The same label was also found inside a lap desk, c.1810, veneered in partridge wood crossbanded in kingwood with brass lines.

Probably the same man, T. Handford recorded with the address of 84 St James Street on c.1840 trade card which reads: ‘Manufacturer of Copying Machines, Writing Desks and all kinds of Ladies and Gentleman's PORTABLE CASES’. [Westminster Reference Library, Gardener Collection].

Source: DEFM

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