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Phene, Samuel (1750-1775)

Phene, Samuel

London; upholsterer and cabinet maker (fl. 1750–1775)

A member of the Stationers’ Company.

Traded at the sign of ‘The Golden Plow’, Little Moorgate but c. 1767 this address was given the new designation of 17 Broker's Row, Moorfields.

On 7 August 1750 apprenticed Thomas Jones who was declared free of the Upholders’ Company on 1 June 1758, under the terms of the 1750 Upholders’ Act. By January 1761 Jones was in partnership with Phene; their trade card indicated that stock included ‘Standing Beds and Bedding, Chests of Drawers, Desks & Book Cases, Buroe desks, Card, Dining, Breakfast & Dressing Tables (in Mohogany Walnut-tree or Wainscot) Chairs of all Sorts, Settee and Buroe Bedsteads, Sconces, Pier Chimney and Dressing Glasses with all manner of Upholstery Cabinet & Brasiery Goods; new and old’ [Guildhall trade card collection].

They also acted as appraisers and undertakers.

Jones died on 8 October 1769, and Phene continued to trade until c.1775 when Nicholas Phene (probably his son) took over the business. Jones played a very active part in the business up to the time of his death.

Two receipts are known signed by him and he was the person who took out licences to employ non-freemen, 1762–69 [Guildhall Library (GL), City Licence bks, vols 3, 6–9]. 

Phene himself took out a licence in 1762 to employ four nonfreemen for six weeks, but he took out no further ones until 1770. 

Source: DEFM

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