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J. R. Clarke

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Furniture maker of Criterion Works, High Wycombe

1893 Founded by John Clarke.

WWII Utility furniture maker

Post-WWII Reverted to reproductions; carving sub-contracted and hand polishing.

1965 Criterion line.

1975 Reproduction chairs

Survived on small orders and one-offs

1985 Maurice Clarke and son Laurence did all the skilled work.

1986 Company closed because of lack of skilled labour

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  • Furniture Makers of High Wycombe [1]