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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: or email me at

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A nice Castellane sofa at auction.

posted 3 Apr 2020, 07:28 by Steven Coles

As I am sure you can appreciate there is not much going on at the auction rooms but I did spot this Castellane sofa coming up at Dreweatts, Newbury on the 31st of May. It has obviously had some money spent on it and it looks like it has been re-upholstered perfectly. Estimate looks correct, depending on where the economy is by then. link
Castellane sofa

A few of the many Howard and Sons items we have restored over the last couple of years

posted 3 Apr 2020, 04:49 by Steven Coles   [ updated 3 Apr 2020, 05:08 ]

Apologies for the lack of updates on here we have been incredibly busy at the workshop, the current situation however means I am doing a bit of work from home, so time for a few up dates on here. I thought I would post a few of the Howard and Sons items we have restored over the last year or two.

First is the closest thing we have ever seen to a Howard and Sons Bridgewater sofa (they didn't make them, if you see one it might be a chair which has "grown").

howard corner sofa

Next is a Lenygon and Morant Burlington sofa, the client requested firm cushions as they found it difficult to get in and out of it now.

Burlington howard sofa

Now for an unusual one, we have only seen two of these including this one.

howard curved sofa

A club armchair.

howard club armchair

A very unusual Rocking chair, the mechanism is like a spring from a carriage or something, surprisingly comfortable.

A Howard sofa, it is basically a Burlington with lose back cushions but I believe they gave it a different name.

howard sofa

A Howard and Sons Armchair.

howard armchair

A Howard an Sons Willoughby Armchair.

Howard armchair

Howard and Sons Ivor Armchair for sale

posted 17 Dec 2019, 09:20 by Steven Coles

For sale on behalf of a customer we have one of Howard and Sons most sought after designs, the Ivor armchair. A lot of people just call them bridgewaters as they are the same design but the Ivor is slightly larger, sizes are given below. It is the sought after turned leg model, sadly missing its original castors but that can be fixed. The asking price is £4800. Collection is from Devon.

Dimensions: Width across front legs:31.5". Width across arms 33". Overall depth 44". Height 33".

Please contact me at

Ivor Armchair
Ivor Armchair
Ivor Armchair
Ivor Armchair

Two Howard and Sons Armchairs for sale.

posted 22 Oct 2019, 08:20 by Steven Coles   [ updated 23 Oct 2019, 03:00 ]

A contact of mine is selling two excellent Howard and Sons armchairs. One is an Ingleby and the second is a very pretty tub chair, similar to the Woodcock but slightly larger with gilt legs. He can deliver anywhere in the UK mainland for £50. If you are interested drop me an email and I will put you in touch with the seller.

First up the Ingleby for £2300 (one of my favourite designs), with measurements of: Height 74cm Width 70cm Depth 71cm.

Ingleby howard and sons
Ingleby howard and sons
Ingleby howard and sons
Ingleby howard and sons
Ingleby howard and sons

Next up is the Woodcock at £2200, previously property of the late Countess of Gainsborough with provenance. There are numbers stamped to the back of the frame (you might be able to make it out in the final picture) obviously it was not possible to stamp the gilt legs. Dimensions are: 72cm high, depth 85cm & width 85cm.

Howard and sons woodcock tub chair
Howard and sons woodcock tub chair
Howard and sons woodcock tub chair
Howard and sons woodcock tub chair

Pair of probable Howard chairs for sale

posted 16 Oct 2019, 05:04 by Steven Coles   [ updated 18 Oct 2019, 03:04 ]

I believe these are probably a pair of Lenygon and Morant chairs dating to around the 1950's but sadly there are only numbers stamped on the legs. They are located in the Scottish Highlands, If you are interested in a quality pair of chairs at a fraction of the price of a fully stamped pair, Sold.

Howard and Sons Portarlington sofa for sale

posted 6 Aug 2019, 08:46 by Steven Coles   [ updated 7 Aug 2019, 02:11 ]

I am delighted to be able to offer for sale on behalf of a client a Howard and Sons Portarlington Sofa.

All castors are stamped Howard and Sons Ltd London.

Dimensions: 200cm x 90cm x 90cm

Asking price: £7000 Sold

Collection from Guildford.

Please contact me at for further info.

These do not appear very often and based on what I have seen this appears to be an excellent example.

portarlington sofa1
portarlington 2
portarlington leg

Howard Chairs sofa and pair of Bridgewaters for sale

posted 1 Mar 2019, 03:28 by Steven Coles

For sale on behalf of a client we have this excellent Howard chairs sofa. I believe it is a Seymour or a variant of it. It dates to 1979 and is in good general condition. Approx dimensions: w197cm x d91 x h73.

howard chairs sofa

Also from the same client is a pair of Bridgewater armchairs, these could possibly be sold individually if required. Again dating to 1979 but recovered in the last 10 years. Approx dimension: w70cm x d78cm x h80cm. The seat cushions of the armchairs have been replaced with foam. Leg stamps are faint but present.

howard chairs bridgewater

Please contact me at for further info, Collection from Weybridge, Surrey.

Original Wimbourne at auction

posted 31 Jan 2019, 03:33 by Steven Coles   [ updated 15 Feb 2019, 09:11 ]

Saw this pop up Peter Wilson auctions in Cheshire. Looks fairly original although there is no decent picture of the seat cushions. Should make a good price I would expect to see it make £5,000+ anything under that and someone has got a good buy. Decent size at 7ft. Click the picture for a link to the sofa on Sold for £8900 + commission.

Howard Wimbourne

Old picture found

posted 21 Jan 2019, 04:23 by Steven Coles   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 05:14 ]

I recently found this old advert for Howard and Sons in an American magazine and had it shipped over. I thought you might be interested to see it, apologies for the watermark but it cost me quite a bit to get shipped over.

It shows what I believe is a Portarlington (front centre) Beckett (back left) Bridgewater (right) Pair of Wing chairs (back right).

Grafton Armchair For Sale

posted 30 Nov 2018, 08:37 by Steven Coles

For sale on behalf of a client is this excellent original Grafton armchair. The price is £4000. I think you will struggle to find a better example.
I have extensive pictures, if you would like to see more, or any other info please contact me at

howard grafton armchair

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