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Handford, Thomas (1820-1837)

Handford, Thomas
Strand, London; patent cork trunk maker and patentee of the waterproof travelling trunk edged with brass (fl.1820–37)

Recorded at no. 7 in 1820, and no. 6 in 1837. [D]. A portable mahogany writing desk with brass corner straps bears a label which reads ‘T. HANDFORD. 94 Strand, MANUFACTURER of Copying Machines, Writing Desks, and all Kinds of Ladies and Gentlemen’s PORTABLE CASES for every purpose Completed & adapted for travelling in any part of the World. MANUFACTURED at No.94 Strand nearly opposite Southampton Street LONDON. where 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’ (illus. Gilbert (1996) figs 467-468, and sold Sotheby’s, 12 Nov 1993, lot 11).

Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).

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