English Cabinet Makers – A to Z.

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Here is a list of English Cabinet makers and antique furniture designers throughout the 18th and 19th century from A to Z.

A Blain Liverpool – Arthur Blain established in 1835, at 35 Paradise Street, Liverpool.

Antique Furniture by The Cabinet Makers A Blain Liverpool

A. Gardner & Son were cabinet makers based at 36 Jamaica Street, Glasgow in Scotland.

A Gardner & Son Glasgow

Alex Smith – 61, Market Street, Colne – Cabinet makers who made Oak furniture in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period.

Alex Smith

Allen & Appleyard – late 19th and early 20th Century furniture makers based in Rensaw Street & Bold Street, Liverpool.

Allen & Appleyard

Betjemann of London – Betjemann & Sons was run by George Betjemann and his two sons George William Betjemann and John Betjemann. They were Innovative cabinet and box makers that featured their own Betjemann patent mechanisms. They were most well known for the ‘The Betjemann Tantalus’.

Superb Quality Antique Oak Tantalus by Betjemann of London Betjemann of London

Collinson & Lock – Established by Francis Collinson and George Lock in 1870. They produced unusual  Aesthetic, arts and crafts and Art Nouveau furniture at 109 Fleet Street London. In 1873 they expanded and to St Bride Street and also opened a factory in Pear Tree Court, Farringdon Road. In March 1885 they moved to 70 to 86 Oxford Street.  Collinson & Lock  were especially well known for their wood carving and inlay detailing on furniture. In 1897 the company went into liquidation and was taken over by Waring and Gillow.

Collinson & Lock

Cockcrofts Of Halifax -Made quality sets of dining chairs in the Victorian period that would compliment most dining tables beautifully. They used quality woods like Mahogany and used designs like the spoon back or balloon back.

Cockcrofts Of Halifax Antique Victorian Chairs

Constantine & Co – specialised in arts and crafts furniture towards the end of the 19th Century . We have had a superb example of an Antique Card Table made from Oak by this maker.

Spectacular Golden Oak Arts & Crafts Antique Card TableSpectacular Golden Oak Arts & Crafts Antique Card Table

Cranston & Elliot of Edinburgh – from North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, they were cabinet makers, upholsterers and house furnishers. They mainly used inlay like this Edwardian Mahogany Side Table with spectacular inlaid inlay centre along with a satinwood cross-banded edge, boxwood and ebony string inlay.

Cranston & Elliot of Edinburgh Fine Quality Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Side Table

D and H Waddington Bolton – They traded between 1876 – 1877 and were listed at 113 Bradshawgate and 1 & 3 Breightmet Street, with works at Clive Street, Bolton. They made spectacular pieces of furniture with the finest quality mahogany timbers and inlays.

D and H Waddington Bolton Exceptional Inlaid Edwardian Antique Glazed Bookcase On Cupboard

Druce & Co – Renowned furniture cabinet makers based in Baker street London. Established Thomas Charles Druce and his son, Herbert Druce took over the business in 1864.

Druce & Co

Edwards and Roberts – Among the best English antique furniture cabinet makers of the second half of the 18th century. Founded in 1845 at 21 Wardour Street.

Edwards and Roberts

Edwards & Sons – were a high quality cabinet maker based in Newcastle and Staffordshire in the mid to late 19th century. They made superb pieces like bookcases with spectacular floral carvings.

Edwards & Sons High Quality Victorian Warm Walnut Antique Bookcase on Cupboard by Edwards & Sons

Ee-Zi-Way –  They created an Oval Extending Dining Table from 1920 to 1940 that contains a central leaf that folds away beneath the table. They usually have an ivorine label reading ‘ The Ee-Zi-Way One Motion Extending Dining Table’.


F.J.Mercer – Successor to A.Jessop – Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer, Carver, Gilder, Picture Framer and looking Glass manufacturer – Fargate Sheffield.


Galloway And Sykes Aberdeen – Used the finest quality inlay with urn designs, scrolled flowers and intricate individual mother of pearl centres.

Galloway And Sykes Aberdeen

G Hardy & Co – Cash House Furnishers, Oldham st, Manchester.

G Hardy & Co

Gillows of Lancaster – Robert Gillow was the founder in 1731. Gillows quickly got recognised to be one the best cabinet makers of their time. In the 1740s, they chartered ships, to import Mahogany from the west indies and Jamaica. They later became known as Waring & Gillow.


Globe-Wernicke – established in 1899 by Otto Wernicke, owner of Wernicke Furniture Co bought the Globe Company. Specialised in stacking barrister bookcases. They fell into receivership in 1932 because of the Depression but then it re opened in 1934.


Golding and son – based in bolton, northern England, they specialised in  Art Nouveau furniture and particularly Display Cabinets.

Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Display Cabinet by golding and son bolton golding and son bolton

Gunn – They mainly made stacking bookcases from the early Edwardian era to the 1930s/40s Art Deco period. They did make some of nice smaller slim proportions and more unusual designs.

Small ‘Gunn’ Oak Antique Stacking Bookcase Small ‘Gunn’ Oak Antique Stacking Bookcase

Hampton and Sons – established in ca. 1830 by William Hampton. set up selling fine furniture in Cranbourn Street, in London. In 1869 Williams Two sons George and William joined his business and they expended and moved to the larger premises 8 Pall Mall, London. They bought several cabinet making firms with James Coulson and Co of Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1898, and then Goodall, Lamb and Highway of King Street, Manchester and Robson and Sons Ltd of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Hampton and Sons

Harris Lebus – Started in Tabernacle street EC1, and in 1901 presided over a brand new, purpose-built cabinet-making steam works at Tottenham Hale, N17.

Harris Lebus Antique Furniture

Harrison & Son of Burnley – late 19th Century cabinet makers in Lancashire who built high quality Antique Furniture.

cabinet makers label Harrison & Son Burnley

Harrods Limited – Retailers of antique furniture from their furniture department in London.


Heals of London – established in 1810 by bedding manufacturer John Harris Heal, in Tottenham Court Road. His Grandson, Ambrose Heal joined in 1893 and introduced new, more modern Arts & Crafts designs.

Heals Antique Furniture

Holland and Sons – founded in 1803 by William Holland. Originally, They were cabinet makers and upholsterers called ‘Taprelland Holland’. In 1843 they changed their name to ‘Holland and Sons’. By 1851, they employed over 350 cabinet makers. In 1852 they took on the prestigious firm of Thomas Dowbiggin of 23 Mount Street, London. They closed in in 1942.

Holland & Sons

Howard and Sons London, were one of the best upholstery chair makers of the Victorian era. Howard and Sons were shown at large exhibitions around the world and supplied several Royal homes.

Howard And Sons

Hunt & Co, Late R. Johnson & Co. – Dealers in office furniture, they liked Arts and crafts designs.

Hunt & Co

Ibex – They made Swedish pine chairs called ‘Penny Chairs’ in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

‘Ibex’ Antique Kitchen Chairs.

James Gardner – James Gardner by appointment to her Late Majesty the Queen, 52 High Holborn and 292 Oxford Street, corner of Davies Street, London. Animal, Bird & Fish Preserver and Hoof Mounter. The largest collection in the kingdom of bird, skins, eggs and insects. Manufacturer of entomological apparatus and cabinets. Artificial human eyes, also for birds and animals. They made interesting chests in an unusual designs like small a wellington chest designs.

James Gardner Miniature Antique Wellington Chest / Collectors Specimen Chest by James Gardner

James Shoolbred & Co (Jas Shoolbred) was established in the 1820’s as a draper’s shop, at Tottenham Court Road, London. One of the first large department stores in London, who would supply quality antique furniture and accessories for the Victorian home.

James Shoolbred Antique Furniture

James Winter & Sons – 101 Wardour St., Soho, London – 1823 to 1870. James Winter founded his company in 1823 as a cabinet maker, undertaker, dealer, appraiser and specialised as a restorer of second hand and antique furniture.

James Winter & Sons

J Kendall & Co – Established 1783 in Leeds. Taken over by the well known firm of Marsh and Jones, later to be called by their better known name Marsh, Jones and Cribb.

J Kendall & Co

J Reilly – J Reilly made large sets of chairs and also large billiard tables in the late 19th century.

J Reilly Superb Quality Set of Ten Victorian Mahogany Antique Dining Chairs by J. Reilly

Johnson and Appleyards  Sheffield – Based in Rotherham and Sheffield, Joseph Appleyard was a cabinet maker, upholsterer, gilder and furnisher. He ran the firm with his three sons and in 1879, they took over the Sheffield furniture-making business, ‘William Johnson & Sons’ of Sheffield. They then began trading as ‘Johnson & Appleyards Ltd’. They specialised in bedroom furniture and especially large impressive wardrobes.

Johnson and Appleyards  - Sheffield

Johnstone and Jeanes – 67 New Bond Street in London from 1842 until 1880 run by John Johnstone. John Johnstone joined Robert Jupe and became Johnstone, Jupe & Co at 67 New Bond Street They created the metamorphic table called the Jupe Table.

Johnstone & Jeanes

John Taylor and Sons – founded in 1825 in West Thistle Street, Edinburgh. He then moved to the more prominent position of 109 to 10 Princes Street Edinburgh – appointed ‘Cabinet makers and Upholsterers to Her Majesty the Queen’. Their Rosemount Cabinet Works at Gardner’s Court were established around 1857 until they went into liquidation in 1945.

John Taylor and Sons

Jos James – Penrith – Made high quality Victorian furniture like the Burr Walnut credenzas and glazed bookcases. These were mainly from the late Victoria era and were often of remarkable quality.

Jos James

Kendrick & Jefferson ltd were founded in the early 20th Century. John Arthur Kenrick was a member of the well established hardware family in the Birmingham. He formed a business partnership with Frederick Thomas Jefferson, who was a local solicitor. Together they created a printing, equipment, stationery and office furniture business. They were well known for creating stacking Oak bookcases.

Kendrick & Jefferson ltd

Lambs of Manchester – James Lamb was born in 1816, he joined the family business and turned it into a high class interior design, decorating and furnishing firm in Castleford and their gallery in John Dalton Street, Manchester.

Lamb of Manchester

Maple & Co were one of the most successful cabinet makers between 1870 to 1950. Established by John Maple, a shopkeeper in Surrey, who later opened a furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road. During the late 19th and early 20th Century they had showrooms and workshops in London, Paris and Buenos Aires.

Maple & Co - London, Paris and Buenos Aires.

Marsh, Jones & Cribb – Established in 1850 in Leeds and expanded to Cavendish Square, London.

Marsh, Jones & Cribb Furniture

M.D.Miller & Sons – Shakespere St & Milton St – Nottingham. They produced fine Victorian bedroom furniture.

M.D.Miller & Sons

Miles & Edwards – 134 Oxford Street were cabinet makers and upholsterers between 1822 and 1844 – They were taken over by Charles Hindley & Sons. Their high quality cabinet makers flourished, earning them a Royal Appointment, and a part in the Great Exhibition.

C Hindley, Late Miles & Edwards

Minty – Based in Oxford and specialised in office bookcases.


Morison & Co – established by Mathew Morison in Ayr, Scotland c.1808. Was sold to W Turner Lord and Co of London in 1902.

Morison & Co

Mouseman furniture – created by Robert Thompson, Born in 1876 and was the son of a local joiner in Kilburn, Yorkshire. The furniture is made from solid oak and with the iconic mouse carvings.

Mouseman Furniture

Muirhead Moffat & Co Glasgow- established in either 1894, 132 Blythwood Road, Glasgow. They restored earlier pieces of antique furniture. They would often use Georgian Period pieces, like chest of drawers and adapt them to unique smaller sizes.

Unique Georgian Figured Walnut Antique Chest Of Drawers By Muirhead Moffat & Co Glasgow.Unique Georgian Figured Walnut Antique Chest Of Drawers By Muirhead Moffat & Co Glasgow.

Nuttall & Sons & Co – Antique and modern furnishers – Moss Street, Liverpool.

Nuttall and Sons

Philips & Jones Wolverhampton – Although there is not much information about these cabinet makers, they really did build some beautiful pieces in the the mid – late 19th century. They made impressive pieces with quality carved panels and figured burr walnut like large Victorian Triple Wardrobes.

Philips & JonesStriking Victorian Figured Burr Walnut Antique Triple Wardrobe By Philips & Jones

Ray & Miles – Late 19th Century and early 20th Century cabinet and furniture makers from Liverpool. House Furnishes and decorators.

Ray and Miles

Rayner & Co – Cabinet makers Aldersgate st London

Rayner & Co

R. Garnett and Sons – 19th century cabinet makers, established 1824 and based in Warrington.

R.Garnett & Sons

Roodhouse & Sons, Leeds – Mainly built Victorian furniture, especially writing tables.

Roodhouse & Sons, Leeds.

Richardsons & Sons of Hull – Richardson & Sons were the most prestigious furniture makers in Hull in their prime. They were even appointed as upholsterers to King Edward VII in their later years having already been commissioned to make chairs for Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales during a visit they made to Hull.

Richardsons & Sons of Hull

Richardson Leeds – W.Richardson was based in Leeds Yorkshire and were cabinet makers and upholsterers. They specialised in wind out extending dining tables in Oak timbers.

Richardson Leeds

Riley and Co – Makers of late 19th century chairs, often with Arts And Crafts Influences. The choice of wood used was often solid walnut and they liked to add simple carved decoration to the backs.

Reilly stamp Superb Set of 8 Reilly Mahogany Antique Dining Chairs

Robson and Sons – Originally based in a small house at 42 Northumberland Street in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Robert Robson started the business in 1835 until it was taken over by the Maple Group in 1953.

Robson And Sons

Selbat – From the late 19th century and early 20th century, they made quality extending dining tables with wind out mechanisms and dining chairs.

SelbatQuality Edwardian Walnut Antique Extending Dining Table by Selbat

Simpoles of Manchester – specialist office furniture manufacturer, established in the late 19th Century and one of the leading office furniture manufacturers of the 1930s.

Simpoles of Manchester

Shapland & Petter – North Devon, Barnstaple. They specialized in Arts & Crafts designs but also made more traditional antique furniture. Established by Henry Shapland in ca.1854.

Shapland & Petter

S & H Jewell – Established in 1830 from their premises at 29-31 Little Queen Street, Holborn, London and then later to Parker Street, LONDON. W.C.2. They were also renowned for restoring and selling older pieces of antique furniture in their shop.

S & H Jewell

S.J.Waring & Sons – Cabinet Makers by appointment to the Queen – Bols St – Liverpool. They later joined with Gillows to become Waring and Gillows.

S.J.Waring & Sons

Selbat – Made quality Extending Dining Tables from the late Victorian period and Edwardian periods.


Simkin – Based in Colchester, they often made Adam Design Victorian furniture like this pair of Mahogany Antique Console Tables.

Simkin Colchester Rare Pair of Mahogany Antique Console Tables

Sopwith & Co Of Newcastle – Made nice linen presses and other bedroom pieces.

Sopwith & Co Of Newcastle

T. Justice and Sons – Scottish cabinet makers based in Dundee, they were established in 1903 and specialised in reproducing period design furniture.

T. Justice and Sons of Dundee

Watajoy – They made vintage travel trunks (steamer trunk by Watajoy) designed to survive the trials and tribulations that the early 1900’s means of travel had to offer.  They have brass claps and key to lock the case and the interiors are fully fitted,  encompassing drawers and coat hangers.

Vintage Watajoy Travel Trunk / Coffee Table. Vintage Watajoy Travel Trunk / Coffee Table.

W. Fry and Co Dublin – 31 Westmoreland Street, Dublin: ‘Artistic Furniture, Woven Printed Fabrics, Carpets, Floorcloths, Wallpapers, Bedding and Bedroom Furniture’

W. Fry and Co Dublin

W. Priest – 1 & 2 Tudor St, Blackfriars. Priest was known as an auctioneer, retailer and appraiser between 1837-1840. His trade label can be found on furniture dating from the late Georgian to mid Victorian period. Labels from his Tudor street address suggest he traded in second hand furniture at the time rather than being an actual cabinet maker himself.

W Priest

Wilkinson & Son – Established by Joshua Wilkinson in 1766 at 7 Broker’s Row, Moorfields, London. Joshua His son William Wilkinson and cousin, Thomas Wilkinson, were in partnership running the company in 1790.  In 1808 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.

Wilkinson & Son

Wylie & Lochhead – Established in 1829 by Robert Wylie and William Lochhead mainly as coffin builders but they quickly became very successful with many workshops and furniture showrooms in Glasgow, Scotland.


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  • Alan J. Kreutzberg
    October 30, 2021 7:10 pm

    Have ‘Breakfront/Sideboard’ with ‘label’ saying: James Reebe, LTD, 11-14 Cumberland St. Birmingham. Do You have any info. with regard to this

    • Hi
      As far as I am aware, James Reebe, LTD, were antique dealers who restored antique furniture and sold them via their shop in Birmingham. I dont think they made furniture themselves
      I hope this helps

    • I have a marble top washstand made by
      Magnay & Sons, Makers, Carlisle

      Does anyone have any information on this maker?

      Thank you

    • Do you have a reference to a

      LICENCE NO. 2132

  • Nice compilation! So many great furniture/cabinet designers.

  • I have a sideboard with a white button size marking on top of drawer front:
    It is a circle with “Laidler Robsons Ltd Sunderlaned” around the circle and “Furnishers” situated in the center of the circle between two asterisks. Would you happen to have any information on this marking?

    I obtained the piece through family and no one has the history of the piece.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi
      Robsons Laidler Limited were based at 8,9,10 Holmside, Borough Road, Sunderland, Durham, England around 1910. They were furniture manufacturers.
      I hope this helps

  • Tallboy marked William Wales. Cabinet maker, upholsterer, undertaker. Yore Street, Redruth. Cornwall. Piece found in Adelaide, South Australia. Can you please give me any information about the maker.

    • Hi
      I do not know of a William wales but could it be Blethyn, William from Pembrokeshire in Wales? He was a cabinet maker between 1844 to 1868

  • I have a Victorian mahogany Canterbury which is stamped W Worpell. Any information would be so helpful.thank you.

  • Michell McKelvy
    February 23, 2022 1:25 pm

    Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
    King Cross, Halifax

    • Hi
      This is not a cabinet maker I have come across before so unfortunately I do not have any information on them, sorry

    • Hi there,
      I have limited information on CH Broadley, King’s Cross, Halifax. Just a work reference letter for an apprentice dated 1910 on letterhead. The apprentice was my maternal grandfather. Not sure what kind of information you are looking for.

  • Hi,

    I am trying to find the complete name of a maker. the first half of the name is missing! ?ollum Cabinet and chair manufacturer. High Street Kingsland NE. (I am presuming kingsland NE is London)

    Thank you

    • Hi
      I am unsure who this maker is? There is a street called kingsland in London, so this is most likely where they were manufactured or sold. How old is the piece?
      Many thanks

  • Pim Steenhuis
    March 11, 2022 8:02 pm

    Good evening,
    I am currently restoring a 4 drawer filing cabinet originating from 1940s. The cabinet was left for trash on the streets of Amsterdam.
    Fortunately I saved it from being wasted, unfortunately it did not survive all this time in it’s fully original condition. Therefore I intend to find out more about the makers of the cabinet in order to restore it as best as I can.
    In the back panel three marks have been etched but so far by browsing the internet I have not been able to determine make and decipher the marks.
    One mark appears to read ‘Ruddock&Po’ (or something of the like), another mark reads 1942 and a third mark appears to be branded showing a crown on top of ‘GVIR’.
    I assume it is a British produce (George VI and year 1942). But I have not succeeded in finding out anything about the name of the furniture company.
    Any advice or help would be highly appreciated. If need be I can provide some images.
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Kindest regards,
    Pim from Amsterdam

    • Hi
      Yes the mark will most likely be from George VI era but we only deal in pre 1900s so unfortunately I do not have much information on makers past this date. Sorry I can not be of any help with the maker.

      • Pim Steenhuis
        March 14, 2022 2:10 pm

        Hi James,

        Thanks for your reply. I was not aware of the fact that my cabinet is a ‘youngtimer’.

        Will continue my quest for information elsewhere.

        Krgds, Pim

      • Cindy Lamerson
        August 19, 2022 3:11 pm

        I have a desk by this maker: j Ellicock-Aberdeen
        Any idea where I would start to see it’s value.

  • Nancy Walther
    March 13, 2022 7:59 pm

    We are trying to identify the maker of our 19th century cylinder secretary with bookcase. We are not sure if it was English or American made. The mark we found is a capital “H”. It is the same font as the Richardson and Sons of Hull label. Does this ring any bells?

  • I have a lovely old chair made by ‘Upson’s Limited’ of 7-13 Great Dover Street London. I’d like to find out it’s age but can’t find anything about this company. The chair has ‘H.P’ and a 3 digit engraved on the underside. Does anyone have any info on this company please?

  • Dear Brainstrust
    Can anyone provide any detail as to a cabinet-making firm ‘Thomas Eastman & Son,’ who had a substantial business in Portsea (Portsmouth), from 1785 to 1820s

  • Sue Thomson
    May 6, 2022 2:05 pm

    I have a set of 12 dining chairs, 2 of which are carvers. On the underside of the seat there is an embossed mark of an intertwined C and R (or maybe G and R) Ltd. Can you help me to identify them. Thanks, Sue

    • Hi
      I am not sure who this would be but maybe it is the initials of the owner who originally ordered them as it was common in the 19th Century to order furniture from cabinet makers and have their initials carved into the wood. It could also be a not as well known local cabinet maker who just added their initials as most larger cabinet makers would stamp their whole name.

      • Sue Thomson
        May 7, 2022 8:01 am

        Hi James, Thank you for your response. I have replied twice, and don’t see my messages, so third time lucky! I have a local antiques auctioneer looking at the mark, and will let you know what he thinks.

        • Hi
          Yes please let me know what he thinks as I would be very interested to know who the maker is.

  • I have a bedside table and cabinet marked ‘HM Makers of Furniture since 1894’
    I have googled and searched but I haven’t found any clues as to who they were. Any ideas?

    • Hi
      I am not sure on this maker, sorry. It may have been a small local cabinet maker who were not very well known. There were so many that we do not find records of which is a real shame.

  • Sue Thomson
    May 7, 2022 7:54 am

    Hi James, Thanks for your response. I think the chairs are 19th Century, so you may well be right, although there is that “LTD” I have a local antiques auctioneer looking at he mark, and will let you know what he comes up with.

  • Sue Thomson
    May 7, 2022 7:57 am

    Hi James, Thanks for your response. I have a local Antiques auctioneer looking at the mark, and will let you know what he thinks. I replied to you earlier, but don’t see my message!

  • Looking to find out who mwd cabinet maker in Kent was

  • Christine Volker
    May 30, 2022 8:58 pm

    We purchased a dining room buffet, server and extendable table in walnut. We were told it is North American in origin and late Victorian – made in 1900 or so. However, the embossed brass label says “English Hand Made,” and with a Logo inside a double triangle, “F.T.Co.” There are smaller triangles in each corner of the triangle. Do you have any idea who the furniture maker was?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi
      I am unsure on the maker but usually with a triangle mark, this will post date 1930s and we mainly deal in pre 1900s.

  • Amy McMeeken
    June 30, 2022 2:14 am

    Hello. I have a mid 19th century wardrobe with the stamp LEVE on the metal of the door hardware. I can trace it back to (West) Hartlepool. Any information on the maker? Thank you so much