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Hanson, Samuel; Hanson & Sons; Hanson, Wright & Mansfield (1822-1861)

Hanson, Samuel; Hanson & Sons; Hanson, Wright & Mansfield

London; cabinet maker, upholsterer, upholder, retailer (fl.1822-d.1861)

Hanson was recorded at 33 Prince's Street, Leicester Square, Soho when he took out Sun Insurance policies on 7 February 1822 for £300 on household goods in warehouses; on 5 February 1823 for £1,400, with £1,050 covering utensils and stock; and on 12 February 1824 for £1,550, with £1,200 covering stock and utensils in his house and workshops in George Yard nearby [London Metropolitan Archive (LMA), Sun MS vol. 493, ref. 989021; vol. 498, ref. 1001049; vol. 499, ref. 1012916].

Probably the same Samuel Hanson, who was listed as a cabinetmaker at 16 John Street in the 1829 & 1832 London Post Office Directories.

In 1833 he charged £34 16s to Thomas Whitmore of Apley Park, Shropshire, for ‘a Mahogany Stand for Parrot Cage’, ‘two carved Pier Tables’, a washstand, and packing and carriage to Paddington. He was then known as a cabinet maker and ‘antiquarian upholsterer’. John Claudius Loudon's, Encyclopaedia of Villa, Farm, and Cottage Architecture (1833), described ‘Hanson of John Street (off Hanway Yard, London) as having ‘an extensive collection of Elizabethan and Dutch furniture and carvings’. Indeed, he was recorded as an ‘antique furniture dealer’ at 16 John Street in 1836 and 1840. 

The firm of Hanson & Sons was recorded as manufacturers when they participated in the 1851 Great Exhibition; their display included an ornamental walnut display cabinet and an oval carved frame for mirror etc.   

Alfred Thomas Wright was a junior partner at 16 John Street (later became Great Portland Street) and  106½ Oxford Street in 1856. From 1858 Mansfield joined the firm, which then traded as Hanson, Wright and Mansfield until 1861 when Hanson died. The two remaining partners then continued as Wright & Mansfield.

Source: DEFM; Harris, ‘Adams in the Family: Wright and Mansfield at Haddo, Guisachan, Brook House and Grosvenor Square’, Furniture History (1996); Westgarth, A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers (2009)

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