Goddard and Engs, established 1782




Providence, Rhode Island

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In 1782, the cabinetmaking firm of Goddard and Engs announced their services, advertising, Goddard and Engs, CABINET-MAKERS, from Newport, At their Shop, on the Wharff of Mr. Moses Brown, a little below Messieurs Tillinghast and Holroyd's, near the Baptist

Meeting-House, HAVE ready finished for Sale several Articles of Mahogany Household FURNITURE, such as Chairs, Tables, &c. &c.-Any Kind of Cabinet-Makers Work may be had at said Shop, on the shortest Notice, performed in a neat and workmanlike Manner.(1)

There is no scholarly consensus as to which Goddard and Engs constituted this firm. Though early scholars, perhaps due to wishful thinking, identified the Goddard as John Goddard, Wendy Cooper and Tara Gleason have more recently identified this man as John's son Townsend Goddard. His partner was possibly William Engs, though no concrete evidence has emerged to suggest that William was ever active as a cabinetmaker.(2)

Nothing else is known about this concern, and no furniture can be attributed to it with any certainty.

Benjamin W. Colman

1. The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, "Goddard and Engs, Cabinet-Makers," June 15, 1782, http://infoweb.newsbank.com.

2. Wendy A Cooper and Tara L Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 202.