Upholsterer's sale, 1854

Bucks Herald, 27 May 1854  

To Upholsterers and Others Requiring Furniture
  THE Valuable STOCK-IN-TRADE of an Upholsterer and Furniture Broker; consisting of the handsome and modern HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, OIL and WATER-COLOUR PAINTINGS, quantity of window-glass, spring-cart, garden-roll, and sundry effects, of Mr. Thomas Willis, who is declining the furniture business, and leaving the town,
Mr. James King,
On Wednesday, the 31st of May 1854,
On the premises, Horn-street, Winslow.
Comprising Windsor, stained Mahogany, rosewood, and painted, horse-hair, cane, flag-seated and hall chairs; mahogany, loo, Pembroke, dining, occasional, card side, and other tables; French, Arabian, and four post mahogany and grained bedsteads; grained sideboards; mahogany umbrella-stand; grained and painted wash-stands and towel horses; mahogany and grained chests of drawers; handsome mirror and chimney glasses; lounging and easy chairs; sofa and couches; American and other clocks; swing-glasses; hearth rugs; floor cloth; carpeting; night-commodes; spring-cart; garden-roll; a quantity of window-glass; and the usual assortment in an upholsterer’s shop.
  Catalogues of which may be obtained at the place of sale; at the inns in the town; and at the Auctioneer’s office, Winslow. 
  The whole may be viewed the day before the sale and will be sold, without reserve, for cash


It's not clear where these premises were. In 1851 Thomas Willis ("painter & glazier &c.") was living at 11 Sheep Street with his wife, 11-month-old daughter, sister and one servant. His establishment in Horn Street must have been a big one. He was born at Bagshot in Surrey and doesn't appear to have been connected to the Willis family of lawyers. He moved to Banbury, and in 1861 he was in Southwark, describing himself as a painter.

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