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Harris, John (1735-1814)

Harris, John, Thaxted, Essex, cm (b.1735–d.1814). Took app. named Moore in 1760. Named in the Essex freeholders’ bk for Dunmow Hundred in 1768. Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1784 for £200, utensils and stock accounting for £100. Paper label recorded on inside of the secret drawer of a mahogany bureau, which reads: ‘John Harris, Thaxted in Essex, Fecit. Practising the Trade of a Cabinetmaker above 62 years, During which Period made and sold upwards of 500 Bureaus, made this in the 78th Year of his Age, May 22, Anno Dom. 1813.’ [D; S of G, app. index; Essex RO, Q/RJ13; GL, Sun MS vol. 322, p. 11; C. Life, 5 July 1979; Wills at Chelmsford]

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