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Perkins, Thomas (1708-50)

Perkins, Thomas, London, upholder (1708–50). Son of Thomas Perkins of Kilby, Leics., Gent. App. to William Brown on 1 May 1708 and free of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude, 1 August 1722. By 1 October 1722 he had set up business at ‘The Key’ in Trinity, Minories where he took out insurance cover of £500 on goods and merchandise in his dwelling house. In 1737 he was living in Fenchurch St and was married in this year. His wife was the sister to a Mr Stillard, a druggist. In June 1739 her death was announced in childbirth and her husband was described as being a ‘wealthy upholsterer’. In 1750 his address was given as Little Minories. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records and Livery list, 1750; Sun MS vol. 14, ref. 26528; Heal; Read's Weekly Journal, 2 June 1739]

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