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Victorian Howard & Sons Sofa with Feather Filled Cushions and Removable Covers



We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning exceptionally rare original Victorian mahogany framed Howard & Son’s Berners Street stamped sofa with the original feather filled cushions and removable covers This sofa is exceptionally rare indeed, I've never seen this format of back and base cushions with the curved side base. Its very elegant and ornately sculptured. The sofa as you can see has removable covers, the under frame has the base calico cover which means its ready for upholstery should the new owner wish. The frame retains all the original features, the horse hair padding, the feather filled cushions, the original coil springs, everything you would hope to find. I can have the sofa upholstered for the trade price in either of the three Howard Ticking fabric colours or the original Howard floral and striped upholstery, I can also have the timber washed back and French polished, for a quote please ask. I can also have the sofa upholstered in premium cattle hide leather and hand dyed a wonderful brown colour, again please ask for a price This sofa is a must have for any fine English furniture connoisseur, it screams country house style charm and charisma. The sofa seats as pretty much the most comfortable sofa I have ever sat on, the seat platform is exactly as you would hope to find, the feathers in the cushions are light and fluffy The inside back left leg is fully stamped with Howard & Son's Berner street, and then the serial number Howard & Son’s are simply put the finest chair makers in history, the Queen even has a private collection Dimensions: Height 79.5cm, seat height 50cm Width 193cm Depth 103cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point The name of Howard and Sons is probably one of the best known and highly sought after names in Upholstered furniture. Over the next few paragraphs I will do my best to give you a brief history of the company. The company was started by John Howard in 1820 trading from 24 Leman St, London as a Cabinet Maker. Over the next 25 years they would make several changes of premises within the Whitechapel area. First to 27 Great Alie St (Now just Alie St) before moving a short distance to 34 Great Alie St. In 1844 the company made its first venture into upholstered furniture by opening a showroom/workshop at 36 Red lion St. This was also to be a big move towards what would be their next and most famous location. In 1848 they moved to a new address much more accustomed with the name; Berners St. London as “Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator” under the name John Howard and Sons. The business seemed to boom at this location with workshops opening up at Tottenham St, Charlotte Mews and Fitzroy Sq and an expansion to a second Berners St building in 1853. In 1869 the company consolidated its many workshops into the one building on Cleveland St. By 1872 the company was occupying 25, 26 and 27 Berners St. These adresses would remain unchanged until 1935. During this period they became a limited company in 1899 and won the first of their Royal warrants in 1901. In 1935 the the well established decorators Lenygon and Morant appear to take over the name with the business address being given as 31 Old Burlington St (Lenygon and Morants premesis since 1909). Lenygon and Morant later moved to South Audley St where from 1954 they advertised as 'Makers of Howard Chairs and Sofas'. In 1967 the owners of Lenygon and Morant open Howard Chairs Limited, the company operating from Lyme St continue to make high quality sofas and armchairs. Exhibitions and Important Houses: At the 1862 International Exhibition (The 3rd World Expo) Howard and Sons entered a suite of library furniture for which they won a prize. They also went on to exhibit at the Paris World's Fair, called an Exposition Universelle twice; once in 1878 and again in 1900. Also at the Exposition Internationale d'Anvers 1894 (International Exposition/World Fair Antwerp). Winning Prizes at them all including 1 silver and 2 golds. They also employed their eclectic styles working for many important clients providing furniture for important houses such as Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire and Stokesay Court, Shropshire. This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.3 in. (79.5 cm)Width: 75.99 in. (193 cm)Depth: 40.56 in. (103 cm)Seat Height: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Replacements made. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
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    1stDibs: LU2823322387042

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