Antique Furniture by the Cabinet Makers Wilkinson & Son

Antique Furniture by the Cabinet Makers Wilkinson & Son

Antique furniture by the cabinet makers Wilkinson & Son is usually a sign of quality. Wilkinson & Son was first established by Joshua Wilkinson as cabinet makers, upholsters, carpet sellers and a looking glass warehouse, in 1766 in 7 Broker’s Row, Moorfields in the City of London. Joshua Wilkinson died in 1790 and by this time his son William Wilkinson and cousin, Thomas Wilkinson, were in partnership running the company. During this time they became specialists in extending tables, breakfast tables and Card Tables. The partnership of William and Thomas Wilkinson ended in 1808 when William set up on his own at an old established firm of Quentin Kaye at 14 Ludgate Hill and Thomas continued at 10 Broker’s Row until 1828.

William Wilkinson was very successful going forward with his business. Some of his first furniture was stamped `WILKINSON LUDGATE HILL’. In 1825 William brought his three sons William, Ayscough and Charles into the partnership and after this date furniture was stamped `WILKINSON & SONS 14 LUDGATE HILL’. William Wilkinson died in 1833 and after this date his sons changed the furniture mark to W & C WILKINSON 14 LUDGATE HILL. After William’s death his widow sold her share to his brother Charles who then moved the business to 8 Bond Street, London in 1855. Most stamped furniture from this period onwards would be stamped Wilkinson & Son 8 Old Bond Street. In 1871 the business was passed to Charles eldest son, Frederick.  The building 8 Bond Street, was demolished in 1909 the company, re-named Hindley & Wilkinson, who moved to 70/71 Welbeck Street, London. They were eventually absorbed by Marshall & Snellgrove in about 1918.

Wilkinson & Son were renowned for quality, fine quality cabinet making and beautiful inlay with gilt decoration. Occasionally we get some beautiful examples for sale by Wilkinson & Son like this Quality Victorian Antique Credenza

Quality Victorian Antique Credenza by Wilkinson & Son Quality Victorian Antique Credenza by Wilkinson & Son Quality Victorian Antique Credenza by Wilkinson & Son Quality Victorian Antique Credenza by Wilkinson & Son

18 thoughts on “Antique Furniture by the Cabinet Makers Wilkinson & Son

  1. I have a question. I have a stamped, Wilkinson & Son, Bond St, full length mirror that came from a family estate. Mercury has been removed from it. It has one candle holder but is missing the other. Any idea what it may be worth? Wood is in excellent condition and the mirror I believe has been replaced due to the mercury. Thank you.

    1. Hi
      Its a shame the mirror has been replaced and the candle holder is missing as it probably was a really nice piece being by Wilkinson & son. with this in mind it may only be a £200 – £300 piece but it is always difficult to say without seeing it in the flesh and it is better to get an accurate valuation by someone viewing it
      Kind regards
      James

  2. Hi
    I have come across a cylinder commode stool
    It has stamped wilkinson & son 8old bond street and 5445
    Was wondering if you had any idea of price as I can’t seem to come up with anything
    Many thanks mark

    1. Hi
      Its difficult to say without seeing them in the flesh, if you like you can email me a picture and I can see if this is something that would be of interest to us
      Kind regards
      James

  3. Hi,
    Thank you very much for posting this most informative article concerning the Wilkinson family of cabinet makers. I’m fortunate to possess a fine 19th century mahogany server (or “moving sideboard” according to Thomas King’s “Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified” of 1829), stamped “W & C Wilkinson 14 Ludgate Hill.” It was originally purchased by my maternal grandmother in Montreal, Canada, in the early 1960s and it has now come down to me. I have no idea what she paid for it, but I’m certain it wasn’t expensive at the time.

    She was always aware of the stamp (in two places), but had no idea as to the importance of the Wilkinson family. I’m a serious antique collector myself and while the piece is perhaps a little late for my Georgian tastes, I’m still very fond of it. I always felt it might date c.1825, but from the information you provided, it would appear to date slightly later, maybe c. 1835-40, No matter, it has a wonderful colour and patina (well cared for by me!) and does not have the heavy lines we associate with much of the furniture from the mid- to late- Victorian period.

    Just out of curiosity, I did a Google map search of “14 Ludgate Hill” and found that it looks nothing at all as it would have appeared in the early 19th century! As far as I could determine, it is not far from St.Paul’s Cathedral , but I may be incorrect.

    Many thanks again for shedding some light on this interesting aspect of English cabinet- making.

    Kind regards,

    Richard
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    1. Hi
      Your cabinet sounds lovely and will certainly be of good quality. Yes, I think Ludgate hill is near to St.Paul’s Cathedral but i am sure it has drastically changed after world war 2 and with newer building being built around this area over the last century. I hope you keep on enjoying your lovely pieces, like you I am a big fan of simple Georgian pieces but I can really appreciate quality and i do have a few select pieces later in date but of high quality.
      Many thanks
      James

      1. HI James,

        Many thanks for your response. Maybe I was incorrect in referring to my piece as a “server.” I see you are offering a Victorian one for sale and that you refer to it as a “buffet” – with the three wide shelves.

        I wasn’t sure what to call it – an “etagere” is something else altogether, a smaller piece and if I’m not mistaken, taller in height.

        Thank you again.

        Regards,
        Richard

  4. Dear James, I have a lovely leather topped desk in what could be walnut, or someone once said they thought was Australian oak. It has four drawers on either side with wooden handles. The top right drawer says Wilkinson and son 8 old bond street. It is slightly damaged in 2 places. I now have no room for it and don t know what it is worth and how best to sell it. I lived your article with the history of the firm.

    Regards

  5. Hello – I have a brass inlay rosewood cabinet stamped Wilkinson Ludgate Hill, inventory6392.L. It is
    6 feet two with two columns, yellow and grey scagliola top. The inlay is very elegant and
    is on the three doors and two drawers, all recently perfectly restored. Is it possible to
    come up with an accurate market value for a piece like this? Price on the web seem all over
    the map. Thanks for your advice. David

    p.s. columns are scagliola with very fine brass mounts

    1. Hi
      Unfortunately it would be too difficult to say without seeing it in the flesh. If you are too far away from us, I would recommend a very good auctioneer as it sounds like a lovely piece
      Thanks
      James

  6. Good evening. I have come across a 2 drawer desk with an inlayed top stamp with W &C Wilkinson 14 ludget Hill 19416. I live just outside South London and wondered if it’s worth anything to someone who collects and likes old furniture? I would be pleased to hear from you. Regards Peter.

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