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STUNNING FLAMED HARDWOOD HOWARD & SON'S SERPENTINE FRONTED CHEST OF DRAWERs

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Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this extremely rare large Howard & Son’s 1880 fully stamped Flamed Mahogany Serpentine fronted chest of drawers with bachelors slip shelf Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers within the M25 only for the UK and local Europe only for international, if you would like an accurate quote please send me your postcode and I’ll provide you with the exact price. This is pretty much the finest quality chest of drawers I have ever laid my hands on, it is substantial in weight, the cuts of Mahogany have a deep rich grain and simply glow in the right light, it is the most exquisite quality. The very top of the drawers has a butlers slip serving shelf, this is used for laying out your cloths for the following day The inside top drawer is stamped in the middle Howard & Son’s Berners street next to the Hobbs London locks, there is the original plaque to the inside right which reads Howard & Son's LTD 25 25 27 Berners St London W and just above that is the serial number 14066 1985 The condition is sublime, the tops has always been protected by a thick sheet of glass, the drawers operate perfectly, this is just sublime Dimensions Height:- 88cm Width:- 113cm Depth:- 63.5cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. A History of Howard and Sons 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 Any questions please feel free to ask before you bid. 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: 34.65 in (88 cm)Width: 44.49 in (113 cm)Depth: 25.01 in (63.5 cm)
  • Style:
    Victorian (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1880
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location:
    GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2823339762932
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