Hewetson, Milner, And Thexton Armoire

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02-15-2011 05:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hewetson milner thexton armoire value question

My parents have this armoire, and we were wondering about its value. It has a brass plate in the uppermost drawer that reads:
Hewetson, Milner, And Thexton Limited. House Furnishers.
200 203 204 211 212 213 214 215.
Tottenham Court Road London W.
I attempted to research them, but I didn’t find much, except for a mint condition walnut bookcase with ebony accents and no fancy carving. It was estimated at $14,000 – $20,000. If anyone knows anything about the company, could you please help me learn more about them and maybe even about its value. Images are below. Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 02:15 PM

I am not to sure about that, I like the look though


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#2 posted 04-16-2013 12:21 AM

I have been researching the company for a piece I own – here is my complied information so far.

Business location: Tottenham Court Road, Alfred Mews, Bloomsbury.

It is on the west side of Bloomsbury, off Tottenham Court Road, opposite Tottenham Street, and hence running behind the gardens of North Crescent. It was presumably built at the same time as Alfred Place, for which it would be the Mews. It was established by 1807, according to an advertisement for a mare for sale at no. 3 (The Times, 29 August 1807). It was presumably called after Alfred Place

It was designed originally as a mews for Alfred Place and North Crescent. Odell’s Livery Stables was here in 1819, according to an advertisement in The Times(17 June 1819). In 1841 its occupants were those of a typical mews: carman, wheelwright, carpenter, coach and harness maker, livery stables (1841 Post Office Directory). By 1861 there were also farriers, cabinet makers, a timber merchant, a smith and gas fitter, and an iron bedstead maker (1861 Post Office Directory).

By 1871 the cabinet makers of Hewetson and Milner had moved in, (with Thomas Thexton, their longstanding employee since 1835) joining other cabinet makers, carpenters, and a wheelwright (1871 Post Office Directory)

On July 26, 1887, the business was amalgamated as Hewetson, Milner and Thexton Ltd.)

By 1901 the established and prestigious furniture makers Hewetson, Milner & Thexton, Ltd, occupied nos 1–15. They resisted the estate’s attempts to extend Alfred Place through their property (The Times, 20 December 1900) but eventually were forced to move to premises at 209–212 Tottenham Court Road at a much higher rent, going bankrupt shortly afterwards.

In 1900 Messrs Hewetson, Milner, and Thexton, who occupied a large site on the east side of Tottenham Court Road owned by theCity of London Corporation, were under threat from plans by the Corporation to redevelop their land as the leases expired (The Times, 20 December 1900)

However, the plans were not carried out, and in 1901 Messrs Hewetson, Milner, and Thexton were granted a new 80-year lease at the rent of £3000 pa

This represented an enormous increase of £2300 pa on the previous rental (The Times, 13 December 1901), and it apparently proved too much for the company; in 1907 all their stock was sold off and the premises at 209–212 Tottenham Court Road cleared (The Times, 13 May 1907)

Newspaper publishing the winding up of the company.

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