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Burgess, George
Varnish maker's recipe book.
Ramsgate, approximately 1871-1874.
Physical Description:
1 volume ; 18 cm
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Archives & Manuscripts
Bound in original green pebbled cloth.
Manuscript notebook kept by George Burgess, of Burgess and Co., King Street, Ramsgate, who had been Coach Makers to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent. They also ran Burgess and Co., Varnish and Japan Manufactory, Islington, London.
Subject Terms:
Burges & Co. (London, England)
Burgess, George.
Carriages and carts -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Varnish and varnishing -- 19th century.
Varnish industry -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Workshop recipes -- Great Britain -- 19th century.

  • The volume includes: A letter of recommendation, dated 1871, from the firm of George Thrupp (Master of the Coachmakers' Company in 1883) noting that "if we were disposed to go into varnish making we should think Mr Burgess's recipes worth buying."
  • A note from a customer who purchased the recipes on Mr G. Thrupp's recommendation
  • An advertisment for Burgess and Co.'s Royal Laquer, with directions for use
  • Engraved headpiece from an earlier 19th century bill for Burgess, Coach Maker
  • Manuscript note from George Burgess relating to Mr Ives “who realised upwards of two hundred thousand pounds by manufacturing varnish by the most simple process, no factory required... I purchased from the family and I have manufactured upwards of sixty thousand gallons also nearly four thousand gallons for the South Eastern Railway Company...”
  • Recipes for carriage varnish, copal varnish, cheap varnish for house painters, oak varnish, lacquer for bright iron or steel, ryal lacquer for bicycles and tricycles, lacquer for gold, lace picture frames, "the finest quality of paper varnish for marble paper."

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