Johan Åkerblad was an ambitious and skilled manufacturer who mastered all parts of mirror manufacturing from glass making, sculpture and gilding. During the years 1777 – 1784 Åkerblad had three employees in his workshop, a mirror maker companion and two carpenter companions. The Royal Housewares Chamber was one of the customers these years and ordered about 35 mirrors. For some orders, Åkerblad also worked with other well-known mirror makers in Stockholm, such as Lago Lundén, Olof Westerberg, Anders Öberg, Frantz Strandberg and sculptor Teuffel. Johan Åkerblad was successful in his business and at the time of his death owned the property 94 in the Jacob den Större district, today Regeringsgatan 8.