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In 1820 John Howard started trading at 24 Lemon St, London, as a 'Cabinet Manufacturer'. He was to stay there for nine years until he moved premises to 27 Great Alie St. and then later in 1832 he was to move the small distance to 34 Great Alie St where he would stay and open an upholstery workshop/showroom at 36 Red lion St until 1845 (the Red Lion premises were only used for one year).It wasn't until 1848 after a short period of non-trading that the company was to take on part of the address more familiar with the company. In 1848 John Howard and Sons started trading at 22 Berners St as 'Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator'.In 1853 John Howard expanded the business into 26 Berners St.From 1861-89 and 1865-68 there were workshops at Tottenham St, Charlotte Mews and Fitzroy Sq respectively. After Crystal Palace 1862 saw the first big break for the company when they won a prize at only the second Exhibition they attended, the prize was for suite of library furniture, of which fig 1 forms a part.In 1865 the young George Howard patented a method for veneering walls with a wooden veneer, instead of wall paper or paint, This was to evolve into flooring which prompted George to take out a patent in 1867 on the improved production of parquet flooring. From 1865 Howard and Sons were listed as 'Upholsterers, Cabinet Makers and Parquet Flooring Manufacturers by Steam Power'. A further four patents were subsequently taken out on the manufacture and fixing of parquetry to floors and ceilings in November 1879, July 1880 and July and December 1883.In 1866 George Howard Patented something that would secure his family's company a place in history, he patented the 'Elastic Seat'. His patent totally re-designed the inside workings of traditional upholstery, creating the superior seat, is what they are now widely known only for.1872 saw the company's most significant move when they settled at the address 25, 26 and 27 Berners St, this was only after they consolidated their workshops in 1869 to the Cleveland Works in Cleveland St. These addresses were to remain unchanged until 1935. Howard and sons were to exhibit and win prizes from this address at the 1878 International Exhibition, the 1894 Antwerp Exhibition and win 1 silver and 2 gold medals at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.Howard and Sons became a limited company in 1899, and advertised in 1920 as manufacturers of 'Parquet Floors by Electric Power', and were awarded the first of their royal warrants in 1901.In 1935 Howard and Sons traded from 31 Old Burlington St where they produced mainly upholstered furniture and then ceased trading in 1947. This was the end of the cabinet making side of the firm under the name 'Howard', as after seven years of silence in 1954 the well established house decorators Lenygon and Morant Ltd advertised as being 'Makers of Howard Chairs and Sofas' from their address at 48 South Audley St, this lasted until 1959 when the name was once again silent. Chairs that follow George Howard's patent are today available at 30 Lyme St from 'Howard Chairs Ltd'.Howard and Sons would make identification easier by marking their work. Cabinet work would either have paper labels, stamps on later pieces Ivorine labels. Upholstered furniture would have either a name and/or number stamp on the inside of the back foot, a paper label on the hessian or a name stamp on the castor cup or wheel. The content i.e. address on the stamp varies depending on the date of the piece.


The above research is acredited to Paul A. Shutler. 

HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
'Club' Model Armchair by Howard and Sons
Good comfortable deep "Club" model armchair by Howard and Sons of London
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
19th Century Flamed Mahogany Sheraton Style Pembroke Table stamped HOWARD & SONS
19th Century Flamed Mahogany Sheraton Style Pembroke Table stamped HOWARD & SONS Ltd Berners St. and numbered 14336/2634 Circa 1880. The mahogan...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
19th Century Howard and Son's Style Armchair
Quality late 19th Century Oak English country house armchair in the manner of Howard & Sons. This super comfortable light honey oak armchair dating...
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Loveday Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
A Rare Pair of Antique English Etageres in the Manner of Howard & Sons
Constructed in ebonised wood, with arcaded brass galleries; of three tier rectangular form having radiused corners, supported by fluted columns wit...
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Butchoff
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
A Set of Twelve Antique Dining Chairs
A Rare Set of Twelve Dining Chairs By Howard & Sons Constructed in a well figured Cuban Mahogany; rising from ring turned, lapetted and lobed fr...
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Butchoff
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
An Antique Music Stand
A Good Nineteenth Century Music Stand by Howard & Sons of Berners Street London Constructed in Satinwood, extensively inlaid, the tripod footed ...
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Butchoff
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
An Exceptionally Fine Side Cabinet By Howard & Sons.
An exceptionally fine satinwood, coromandel crossbanded, mahogany and gilt metal mounted side cabinet by Howard & Sons, Berners Street, London.
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M & J Duncan Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Antique Day Bed or Chaise Long by Howard and Sons
Nineteenth century chaise longue or day bed made by Howard and Sons of London standing on the turned legs for which the company was so famous. This...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Antique Easy Armchair by Howard and Sons
Howard and Sons chair with sprung seat and button back standing on turned legs with brass cups and casters. The back casters have been replaced, t...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Antique Howard & Sons Open Armchair.
Antique Howard & Sons Open Armchair. A very good quality, Edwardian antique Howard & Sons armchair in very good, tidy and original condition. The...
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Miles Griffiths Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Antique Sofa Down Feather Cushions
Howard and Sons sofa, a Baring model of unusually small proportions which still has the sprung and seige de duvet upholstery of its larger siblings...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Antique Walnut Cabinet
Very fine quality walnut cabinet made by Howard and Sons of Berners Street in London. This cabinet is of the highest quality construction as one wo...
£2800
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Deep Comfortable Chair Made By Howard And Sons Of London
Howard and Sons Grafton chair standing on square taper legs with the original casters bearing the makers name. The frame is stamped Berners St, it ...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Early Howard and Sons Open Arm Easy Armchair
Antique open armed arm chair standing on the famous three ring Howard turned legs and Collinson casters. This chair is an unusually generous shape ...
£1850
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Early Howard and Sons Open Arm Easy Armchair
Antique open armed arm chair standing on the famous three ring Howard turned legs and Collinson casters. This chair is an unusually generous shape ...
£1850
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Early Howard and Sons Open Arm Easy Armchair
Antique open armed arm chair standing on the famous three ring Howard turned legs and Collinson casters. This chair is an unusually generous shape ...
£1850
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Early Howard and Sons Open Arm Easy Armchair
Antique open armed arm chair standing on the famous three ring Howard turned legs and Collinson casters. This chair is an unusually generous shape ...
£1850
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard & Sons 19th Century Antique Side Chair
Howard & Sons 19th Century Antique Side Chair. This English antique bedroom/side chair is made and stamped by the makers Howard and Sons and it da...
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Miles Griffiths Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard & Sons Antique Chaise Longue
Howard & Sons Antique Chaise Longue . Dating from 1840, this super quality antique chaise longue in very original and complete condition. Standin...
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Miles Griffiths Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard & sons armchair
A mid 19th century upholstered Howard & sons armchair, circa 1870, on short ring turned front supports, brass caps and castors, stamped Howard & so...
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3details Ltd
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard & Sons, Fine 19th Century Writing Table
A magnificent example of late 19th century Neoclassical revival library table, of monumental proportions and exceptional craftsmanship, by Howard &...
£14500
Peacock's Finest
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard and Sons 'Wimborne' Sofa - The Biggest And The Best Of The Best
Massive Howard and Sons "Wimborne" model sofa. This is the largest sofa they made and it is extremely comfortable in siège de duvet upholstery. In...
£26500
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard and Sons Armchair
Good early button back antique armchair made by Howard and Sons of Berners Street, London. This chair is much larger than it looks in the photogr...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Howard and Sons Chair
Howard and Sons "Bridgewater" model armchair. This chair needs no introduction - quite simply the original and most comfortable 19th century armchair.
£5800
Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
HOWARD LEATHER SOFA
A late Victorian Walnut Serpentine Chesterfield sofa upholstered in red leather, by Howard & Sons, circa 1890. The castors stamped HOWARD & SONS...
£10500
James Graham-Stewart Ltd
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Large Comfortable Howard Chair
Single Howard and Sons Grafton Chair on turned legs. Restored by Howard Chairs around 15 years ago. Another with the same leg is due in soon, so co...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Large Howard and Sons Library Chair
Howard and Sons library chair, this shape comes along in various sizes and this is the largest we have seen. Good and deep for comfort, the back is...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Near Pair of Howard Sofas
Two wonderful sofas by Howard and Sons of London, these are very comfortable and have full down cushions back, sides and seat, both standing on squ...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Original Antique Howard & Sons Armchair
Original Antique Howard & Sons Armchair. This antique armchair dates from around 1880 and was made by the well known quality makers, Howard & Sons...
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Miles Griffiths Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Pair of Howard and Sons button back armchairs
Good large pair of Howard and Sons button back armchairs. These are upholstered using sprung horse hair seats with two stage horsehair backs with n...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Pair of Howard and Sons Comfortable Armchairs
Pair of Howard and Son Grafton model armchairs standing on square taper legs. These chairs were sold and fully restored by Hares Antiques around 15...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Pair of Howard and Sons Large Comfortable Armchairs
Large pair of upholstered armchairs made by Howard and Sons around 1950. The biggest and best. These chairs were sent back to Howard in 1974 for to...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Pair of Howard and Sons Library Chairs
Pair of Howard and Sons library chairs in the Regency style standing on tall legs with stamps to casters and inside back legs, Berners St period ci...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Sofa and Two Matching Chairs by Howard and Sons of London
Howard and Sons "Ramsden" model! This special order suite of two chairs and a sofa came all the way from Spain, it returned home to England after 1...
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Hares Antiques
HOWARD & SONS OF LONDON (1820-1947)
Victorian Figured Walnut Freestanding 2 Drawer Writing Table stamped Howard & So...
Victorian Figured Walnut Freestanding 2 Drawer Writing Table stamped Howard & Sons. The leather lined top having kingwood banded surround with boxw...
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E.W. Cousins & Son