Francis (Frank) Weightman Collinson (1836-1918) and George James Sheridan Lock (1846-1900)? were originally employees of the prestigious firm of Jackson & Graham, Oxford Street, London, but around 1863, they left to work for Herring and Co., an old-established furniture company with premises at 109 Fleet Street London. They eventually succeeded to this business in 1870 and turned it into their partnership. In that same year, they advertised themselves as:

Collinson and Lock (Late Herring) Est. 1782
Old English Furniture: Reproductions of simple and artistic cabinet work from country mansions of the XVI and XVII centuries.

The partnership quickly established itself as a new force in the London furniture trade, with a particular eye for fashionable furniture, sporting a distinctive aesthetic that appealed to a new and discerning market. Edwards 35)

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