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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

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

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".

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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.

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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

Beckett Sofa

posted 30 Nov 2018, 08:25 by Steven Coles

Just caught this sell today at East Bristol Auctions for £5500. The Beckett is one of my favourite designs and thought it was worth a post.

Howard and sons Beckett sofa

2 "Bigguns" up for auction

posted 31 Oct 2018, 04:58 by Steven Coles   [ updated 30 Nov 2018, 08:50 ]

I often get asked if I know of any large/deep Howard sofas up for sale and I always have to explain that they are as rare as hens teeth. Well we have 2 coming up for sale in the weeks. The first and my personal favourite is at the Mendip auction rooms on the 3rd of November:

Please click the pictures to go to the relevant pages at
large howard sofa

A Wimbourne I would assume. coming in at 7ft2 overall this is one of the biggest if not the biggest they made. The loose white cushions on the back should really be thrown away and are only there because the previous owner obviously found it too big. The castors have collapsed. We know a very good castor restorer if anyone is interested who makes them like new for around £75 each. The auctioneers estimate of £400-600 is laughable. I am expecting this to make around £10,000. On a good day it could make £15,000. Sold for £7,400 + the usual fees which was an absolute bargain.
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I think under the loose cover there is a Portarlington hidden away. I really wish auction rooms would remove loose covers, they are completely irrelevant and only hide what is underneath. This one is in Roseberys, London on the 22nd November. This one is a bit smaller at 6ft4 but at a metre deep it is still one of the large ones. I would expect this one to again make around £10,000. The fact it is in London may help. Sold for £4800 + fees, another bargain.

I look forward to watching them sell and updating the prices. If you would like to contact me for any advice please feel free.

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