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Peat, Samuel (1793–1823)

Peat, Samuel

North Street, Chichester, Sussex; cabinet maker, upholder and auctioneer (fl. 1793–1823)

The Peat family were established in Chichester at least as early as 1733 when they were recorded as ‘appraisers’.

A daybook belonging to a Samuel Peat, dating between 1839 and 1843, has survived, together with other material, and is in the West Sussex Record Office. Another daybook inscribed ‘H Peat 1806’ also survives, as does a book of inventories of Chichester houses taken by William and Henry Peat. It is difficult to disentangle the activities of the different members of the Peat family.

In 1804–05 Directories record Peat & Son in North Street, succeeded by Samuel Peat until 1823. Another, younger Samuel Peat aged twenty-five, and therefore born about 1816, was recorded as a journeyman cabinet maker in the 1841 Census, and it is his daybook for 1839-43 which survives. It is probably that Samuel worked for a relative, either Henry Peat in North Street, or William Peat in Westgate. In 1855 Samuel Peat was listed in North Street, perhaps having taken over from Henry. As well as recording work done, Samuel’s daybook includes a number of sketches furniture (illus. Ponsonby, Regional Furniture (1994), figs 1-3).

See Peat, William, Henry & Richard.

Source: DEFM; Ponsonby, ‘Samuel Peat: Chichester Cabinet Maker’, Regional Furniture (1994).

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