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36 The „imperial‟ dining table appears to have been designed by Morgan & Sanders. According to their trade cards, it could be extended to seat „Four to Twenty Persons‟ or collapsed to fir „into the space of a Large Pembroke Table‟. The firm also produced tables with removable legs that could be folded into a box ten inches deep


(Brawer, 2001, p. 193). 37 The „ladies screen writing-table‟ was an invention of Thomas Shearer although it


first appeared in Sheraton‟s Drawing-Book in 1793 (Simmons, 1905). 38 According to Stephen Van Dulken in his book „British Patents of Invention 1617- 1977‟ the fees for obtaining a patent before 1852 were in the region of £100 which would represent four or five times the average annual income of a skilled cabinet-


maker during this period. 39 All patents were valid for fourteen years at this time. 40 Against the patent sketch of the chair-based Library Step design, Robert Campbell


adds a rather convoluted description of his invention i.e. „a pair [of steps] in a Chair „A‟ the bottom standing edgeways „B‟ the front step and a false bottom hinged to the back having ye back steps hinged to ye front of it which rises up and makes room for


them either to turn up or down‟. 41 Ovid‟s narrative poetry entitled „Metamorphoses‟ is written in fifteen volumes and describes the transformations that had taken place in the creation and history of the


world according to Greek mythology. 42 Original copies of trade-cards and advertisements can be seen at the British Museum in London. There are two collections: The Banks Collection and the Heal


Collection and both are held in the Department of Prints and Drawings. 43 According to Edward Pinto (1962, p. 118), chamber horses were invented by


Henry Marsh of Clare Market during the first half of the eighteenth century. 44 Morgan & Sanders advertised regularly in Ackermann‟s Repository but they also


advertised in The Times newspaper and the provincial press in Sussex and Windsor. 45 Outside of the hotspots around Westminster City, other patent furniture specialists were equally innovative. Anthony Eckhardt patented a portable table and chair in 1771 (No. 995) and in 1774 Robert Campbell registered his design for library steps (No. 1086). The trend continued through the first and second decades of the nineteenth century when, in 1809, James Hakewill registered a patent for tables, chairs and stools that would „pack together and fold easily‟ (No. 3217).


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