Merchant tailor

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a tailor who keeps and sells materials for the garments which he makes.

See also: Merchant

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
'MERCHANT TAILOR' painted in very large letters over the door.
In due time we mustered once again before the merchant tailor's, and having done so, crossed over to the city in the ferry-boat: passing, on the way, a spot called Bloody Island, the duelling- ground of St.
Cut & Comeagain, Merchant Tailors. To Peter Proffit, Walking Advertiser, Drs.
The box was given by Ramsay at Christmas 1826 to Robert Cairns, a Quebec City merchant tailor. An inscription on the box explains the circumstances of the gift.
The almshouses were created in 1676 by Sir William Turner, a merchant tailor, to provide supported housing for retired people.
The elder John Milton, now in his middle forties, had set up a successful business as a professional scrivener (a cross between a notary, a money-lender, an investment broker and an estate agent) and married Sara Jeffreys, daughter of a merchant tailor. The Bread Street household included Sara's widowed mother.
After following his father into the same profession, Speed moved to London and at the age of 18, was admitted to the freedom of the Merchant Tailor's Company.
Houlden apprenticed as a merchant tailor and gained his freedom of the company on 5 February 1572 by having served his time, hence, presumably, at about the age of twenty-five.
"The movement was started by four men, a lawyer, a coal merchant, a mining engineer and a merchant tailor, all meeting in Chicago.
By the middle of the eighteenth century the merchant tailor Jacob Reed was offering a choice assortment of "ready made cloths, both for Men and Boys" in New York.
Again, with the help of the 1871 census, one can distinguish between clothing manufactories operated in conjunction with wholesaling, large production units operated in conjunction with dry-goods retailing, merchant tailor workshops with typically 6-25 workers, and many small dressmaking shops.
Clr Gladstone Goldthorpe, of Jenkyn Lane (right), a Kirkburton Urban District councillor, was the village's last surviving merchant tailor back in 1952.