Charles Scott, 1795–1851


cabinetmaker; windsor chairmaker; cabinet warehouse


Providence, Rhode Island, Charleston, South Carolina

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Charles Scott was born in 1795 in Lyndon, Vermont. His parents were Jeremiah Scott (1757– 1824) and Sarah (Bucklin) Scott (1760–1847), originally of Cumberland, Rhode Island.(1)

By May, 1814, he had moved to Providence and along with Adrian Webb purchased the cabinetmaking concern of Judson Blake, creating the firm of Webb & Scott. Announcing the formation of their partnership, Webb and Scott advertised that they, make all kinds of Cabinet and Chaise work, which they will sell on as reasonable terms as can be has in this town: and as they intend to make their furniture of good materials, and in a workmanlike manner, they take this method respectfully to solicit those who may be in want of any thing in their way to call and see for themselves.(2)

On September 22, 1815, Webb and Scott advertised the dissolution of their partnership. Scott maintained his cabinetmaking shop in the same location.(3) In November, 1816, Judson Blake rejoined the cabinetmaking business, forming the partnership of Blake & Scott. In addition to selling "cabinet furniture" from their shop on President Street or South Baptist Lane, they had for sale "cherry boards and plank."(4)

The partnership was dissolved by May, 1818, when Scott announced his move to North Water Street in Providence.(5) His business shifted again in 1819 when he announced the removal of his "cabinet-ware factory" from the North Water Street shop, though he would continue to, "carry on the Cabinet-making business, in all its various branches, with neatness and dispatch."(6) His business there presumably thrived, as he published a need for, "two or three good workmen at the Cabinet-making business. Liberal wages will be given."(7)

An advertisement published in 1822 lists the "useful & ornamental furniture" forms available from Charles Scott's shop. The list includes, Bureaux of all descriptions, Secretaries and Book Cases, Dining and Tea Tables, with and without Castors, Ladies' Work Tables, Light Stands, Work Stands, Bedsteads, elegant Card and Pier Tables, Grecian Couches, Mahogany Chairs, all of new patterns, and all other articles generally found in Furniture Ware Rooms.(8)

His fortunes seem to have shifted by May, 1823, when an advertisement was printed for a auction of furniture as his shop.(9) The following years saw many similar auctions in his wareroom. In November, 1825, Scott assigned control of his property to William Aplin for the settlement of his debts.(10)

Sometime after 1820, Charles Scott moved to Taunton, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Briggs of Rochester, Massachusetts in 1843 and again moved, this time to the Sippican area of Rochester, Massachusetts. He died there in 1851.(11)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Robert P. Emlen and Sara Steiner, "The Short Lived Partnership of Adrian Webb and Charles Scott," Antiques 127, no. 5 (May 1985): 1142

2. Providence Patriot and Columbian Phenix, "Take Notice," May 21, 1814,

3. Rhode-Island American, and General Advertiser, "Notice," September 22, 1815,

4. Providence Patriot Columbian Phenix, "Cabinet Furniture," November 9, 1816,

5. Providence Patriot Columbian Phenix, "Cabinet Furniture," May 23, 1818,

6. Providence Patriot, "Removed," June 19, 1819,

7. Providence Patriot Columbian Phenix, "Wanted to Hire," December 11, 1819,

8. Providence Gazette, "Useful & Ornamental Furniture," September 11, 1822,

9. Rhode-Island American, and General Advertiser, "A rare chance to obtain good Furniture at Auction," May 30, 1823,

10. Providence Patriot Columbian Phenix, "Notice," November 15, 1825,

11. Emlen and Steiner, "Adrian Webb and Charles Scott," 1142.