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Welcome to my fan site about Antique Howard and Sons Sofas and Armchairs. Here you will find Howard's being advertised for sale by private individuals. Howard's being sold at auction rooms. As well as items we have restored.

My name is Steven Coles I have been a traditional upholsterer/frame maker for over 15 years, during my time I have restored and copied countless Howard & Sons sofas and armchairs, developing a love for their classic design and exceptional comfort.

If you like what I do please visit the company that I work for: www.blackbarnsofas.co.uk or email me at stevencoles85@gmail.com

If you are looking for the company who took on the Howard name and continue to produce excellent items please visit here: www.howardchairs.com

A few excellent items coming up at auction

posted 5 Apr 2018, 04:48 by Steven Coles   [ updated 19 Apr 2018, 03:48 ]

Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury on the 11th April have these fine lots, please click the pictures to go to the relevant page on the-saleroom.com:

woolley wallis howard sofa
A very nice Baring sofa, looks like an excellent purchase if you can get it for a fair price, I expect a lot of bidding on this and it will easily exceed the auctioneers estimate of £800-£1200. I think it will make £6000. Sold for £5800 plus commission.


howard tub chair

Also presumably from the same house a nice little pair of Howard tub chairs, these are small chairs and because of that they do not normally make a whole lot of money, I have seen one sell for as little as £400.  I would estimate £2000. Sold for £3000 plus commission.

Moving on to Lawrences of Crewkerne on the 13th of April we have 4 lots from the same house. I find it really annoying when auctioneers do not remove the loose covers from items it makes it very difficult to see what you are looking at, no one wants the tatty old loose cover I really don't understand why they don't just throw them in the skip. They did post better pictures without the covers closer to the action however from the prices realised I do not think they helped themselves with their first effort.

sofa
Well thanks to their terrible presentation in leaving the loose cover on there is very little I can say about this sofa, Does it have turned or square tapering legs? What style/design is it? I don't know because all we have is a photo of pink blob! I can't even give any kind of estimate to this one. Rant over. Unsold.

bridgewater chair
Slightly less annoyed by this one at least you can see it is a Bridgewater with a badly made cover. I would estimate around £3500 just based on it being a bridgewater and without being able to see the condition. Sold for £2200 + commission, this is one of the lowest prices I have seen at auction for a bridgewater in a while, shame as it actually had very nice turned legs under that cover, someone got a bargain.

There are 2 other chairs a Bergere style one and another tub chair but quite frankly I have had enough of posting pink blobs on here. The bergere one will probably make around £1200 (Sold for £1100 + Commission). The tub chair will probably make around £800 (Sold for £1300 + Commission). Both appear to be missing cushions.

Howard and Sons Daybed for Sale

posted 5 Mar 2018, 03:47 by Steven Coles   [ updated 5 Apr 2018, 03:59 ]

Excellent condition Howard and Sons reclining daybed for sale, all original castors and stamps. Collection from Southport. Sold

howard daybed

howard daybed leg

2 Bridgewaters at Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, 10th Jan.

posted 9 Jan 2018, 08:35 by Steven Coles   [ updated 11 Jan 2018, 03:12 ]

I say Bridgewaters but no sizes are given so I am not entirely sure, One is a Howard and Sons but sadly missing its castors, the other is a Howard Chairs but sadly missing its original cushion. Both retain some of their original lining. Click the picture for a link to the item on the-saleroom.com.

howard bridgewater
My estimate for the Howard and Sons one would be around £3500. Sold for £3200 + Commission.

My estimate for the Howard Chairs one would be around £2000. Sold for £2400 + Commission.

We are local to this saleroom and have collected items for restoration from them before, if you are interested feel free to give us a call.

Howard and Sons sofa in original lining. *Sold*

posted 13 Dec 2017, 08:38 by Steven Coles   [ updated 20 Dec 2017, 02:39 ]

For sale on behalf of a customer is this excellent sofa in all its original H&S monogrammed lining. First time I have seen this design and I really like it, I have seen a couple of similar chairs with hockey stick arms but never a sofa. Be interested to see if there is a model name written on the cushions.

I believe from what I can work out it was probably made in the late 1920s early 1930s. The rear leg is stamped (also has an old repair of good quality). Sadly the castors are un-stamped.

The dimensions are:  L: 180 cms; H: 84cms, Depth: 90 cms

The seating area is:  L: 146 cms;  Depth: 63 cms


I think this really is an excellent sofa and I am sure there will be plenty of interest, offers significantly upwards of £4500 to stevencoles85@gmail.com Collection from London W8, viewing and collection at the sellers convenience Wednesday evenings are usually best. Sold


Howard & Sons Sofa in original lining
Howard & Sons Sofa in original lining
Howard & Sons Sofa in original lining
Howard & Sons Sofa in original lining

Open armchair reduced in price

posted 27 Oct 2017, 03:34 by Steven Coles

The open armchair a couple of posts down has been reduced in price by its owner who is now asking £1200 instead of £1500. I think this is a very good price, if you are interested do not hesitate or it will be going to the trade soon.

Fantastic Howard Sofa and armchairs for auction this Wednesday 25/10

posted 23 Oct 2017, 05:10 by Steven Coles   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 07:32 ]

Been meaning to talk about these for a while but have not had the time, I am really excited about this Beckett sofa coming up at Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh. It has 57 people watching it on the-saleroom and a further 5 on invaluable so it has obviously caught a lot of peoples eye, and I can see why. This really should be in a museum or William Morris's Cotswold home. As a huge William Morris fan I would love to see it kept with the fabric on but I appreciate it is old and dirty, may not even be original so would understand if it got recovered (hopefully in more William Morris!). If I had the money I would be there bidding high and I would expect to pay in the region of £10,000 and I would not be surprised to see it go well past that. Fantastic item. Sold for £11,000 + the 25% commission and vat on the commission takes it to £14,300.

There is also a very nice Howard centre table at the same sale which sold for £2600 + commission.

howard beckett sofa

On the same day we have three very nice armchairs at Dreweatts, Newbury.
dreweatts howard armchair
dreweatts howard armchair
dreweatts howard armchair
Three nice chairs, my personal favorite is the third but then that is possibly the William Morris print and the turned legs. I would expect that one to sell for around £2000. Sold for £2600 + Commission.

The Bridgewater in the middle needs some work to the back, someone has obviously made a bit of a hash of it at some point, I would expect it to make the usual £2500-£3000. Sold for £3000 + Commission.

The top one I think is an Ingleby with ball and claw feet, could look very nice restored, I would expect it to be the cheapest of the 3, probably just under £2000. Sold for £800 + Commission.

There is also a Howard nursing chair which I am sure will sell for the standard £400-£500 Sold for £1300 + Commission. Click the pictures for a link to the relevant page on the-saleroom.com

Post sale thoughts: I was not far out with most of my price estimates, the one I was most surprised by was the nursing chair making significantly more than the Ingleby. The Ingleby was a bargain at that price but I don't think I have ever seen a nursing chair make anywhere near that price before, they normally make half that at best. The Beckett sofa certainly did me proud, I had a doubting Thomas here in the workshop who was sure it would not go past £6,000. I hope it is going to a good home.

Howard & Sons Open Armchair for Sale

posted 11 Oct 2017, 07:50 by Steven Coles   [ updated 27 Oct 2017, 03:23 ]

An open armchair for sale on behalf of a reader of this website: The chair is in unrestored condition and has never been tampered with. The upholstery is more or less intact but very distressed, some of the H&S ticking fabric is missing. The woodwork is excellent.

The chair was owned by Sir James Drummond and came from Hawthornden Castle in Scotland – when the family died out the estate was inherited by the butler who gave this chair and some others to the housekeeper who is related to the current owner.

Approx Dimensions: Height (back) 75cm, Width 65cm, Depth (seat) 60cm, Height (seat) 35cm.

N.B There is no Howard and Sons stamp on leg or castors as you will see from the pictures but this is not uncommon and you can clearly see it is the genuine article

Seller is in Carmarthenshire but could deliver for a fee depending on area.

Reduced to £1200. Contact me as usual at stevencoles85@gmail.com

howard open armchair for sale
howard open armchair for sale
howard open armchair for sale

Unusual Howard item at auction

posted 11 Oct 2017, 07:20 by Steven Coles   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 07:50 ]

My local auction rooms (Jubilee Auction Rooms, Pewsey) gave me a ring the other week to say they had an unusual Howard in so I popped in for a look and to take some photos.

The sale is Wed the 18th of October with viewing on the 14th, 16th and 17th. Well worth a look if you are after something rather unique.

Here are a few pictures, we think it is 100% original, would look great next to a nice open fireplace, perfect for reading a good book through the winter nights.
I would hazard a guess it will make around the £2000 mark, howard items usually do well there so it could make a fair bit more.
If you are interested and want it collected/restored feel free to give us a call.

unusual howard chair

Upcoming auction items for September

posted 7 Sep 2017, 04:22 by Steven Coles   [ updated 25 Sep 2017, 08:07 ]

First off apologies for lack of posts lately it has been a combination of nothing very exciting to post about and making a new blackbarnsofas.co.uk website which will be going live in the next few days.

There are now a few nice items coming up in September so here are my picks for you, as usual click the image to go to the relevant page on the-saleroom.com:

At Cheffins, Cambridge on the the 13/14th Sept we have a nice Bridgewater, all original and not missing anything. I am amazed there are still a few examples around in as good a condition as this considering it must 100 years old. I would not be surprised to see the final price hit £3000, may even race past that. Sold for £3400 + commission at a rather eye watering 27% and then vat on the commission take it to just over £4400 total. Still needs probably close to £1000 spent on it plus the dealers mark up I would not expect this to be sold post restoration for much less than £8000.
Howard Bridgewater



Next up on the 14th Sept at Philip Serrell, Malvern is run up stool which I believe would partner the above chair perfectly, so it could be an expensive day for someone as I would expect the stool to make around £1000. Sold for a bargain price of £440 + commission. I was disappointed not to be signed in at that price.

howard run up stool



Finally on 23rd Sept at JS Fine Art, Banbury a pair of club armchairs. I say pair I do not think these are a perfect pair but I could be wrong, be helpful if the auctioneer posted the numbers, also one has a seat cushion the other does not. The one with the cushion appears to have had a lump of wood added at some point above the front legs to change the shape at the bottom of the arms. We have done enough of these club armchairs to realise that should not be there. Sold for £3600 + Commission at 20%.

pair of howard club armchairs


Howard Chest of draws for sale.

posted 8 Jun 2017, 04:18 by Steven Coles   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 07:38 ]

No longer available.

Selling on behalf of a customer:

Height 122cm (48"), width 105cm (41"), depth 56cm (22")
Location: Ilford, Essex
Price: £1000

For more info or detailed pictures please contact me at stevencoles85@gmail.com
Howard chest of draws
howard chest of draws

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