19th Century mahogany partners writing desk
A large mid 19th Century mahogany partners writing desk / table, the moulded edge top having a green leather writing surface decorated with gold and blind tooling, having six mahogany lined frieze drawers with mahogany wooden knob handles, standing on four turned and carved legs with original brass castors. The desk is stamped “T.Willson 68 Great Queen St London” Circa 1830.
Thomas and Mary Willson – 19th Century Furniture Makers
Thomas Willson’s name is entered in directories as a furniture broker and appraiser of 68 Great Queen Street, London, England, between 1821 and 1829.
Mary Willson and her son Matthew continued the business from 1830 – 1837.
In 1838 Matthew Willson started a separate business operating as a furniture warehouse, furniture works and upholstery business.
The firm was established in 1818 and contrary to popular belief, they were cabinet makers as well as a furniture brokers: ‘Thomas Willson & Co. Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer, 68 Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.’ Every article of furniture for the Drawing, Dining, Bed Room and Library of first-class make.
This important fresh evidence suggests that the firm’s name-stamped furniture can be divided into second-hand pieces, which were merely retailed and items made in their own workshop for sale.
From the ‘Pictorial Dictionary of MARKED LONDON FURNITURE 1700 – 1840′ By Christopher Gilbert.
Published by The Furniture History Society and W. S. Many & Son Ltd. 1996.