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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

Howard and Sons sofa in original lining.

posted by Steven Coles   [ updated ]

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.


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

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.

howard wingchair
howard wingchair
howard wingchair

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 8 Jun 2017, 04:26 ]

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

Howard Auction Lots for June 2017

posted 8 Jun 2017, 04:01 by Steven Coles   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 08:07 ]

A good selection of Howard and Sons items at the auction rooms over the next month, here is my pick of the best, click the image to visit the relevant page at the-saleroom.com

Howard daybed with a fixed back, we recently restored one with a reclining back. Bidding already up to £920 and reserve not met. Bidding finishes 10th June at Lacy, Scott & Knight, Bury St Edmunds. I would estimate it finishing somewhere around £2000. Sold for £1200+ Commission, someone had a bargain there.
howard daybed


Anderson & Garland, Newcastle. Have 3 nice lots on the 15th June. A nice Bridgewater armchair although it looks like the castors have been replaced and the seat cushion appears to be missing which could hit the price hard, I would estimate, £2000. Sold for £2200+ Commission.
howard bridgewater



A nursing chair, sadly the only value here is probably the castors so I expect the £200-£400 estimate to be correct. Sold for £750+ Commission.
howard nursing chair



Finally a nice Baring sofa, too small for most people but I would expect it to make around £2800, again appears to be missing its seat cushions. Sold for £4500+ Commission.
Howard baring sofa


Also on the 15th June we have Cheffins, Cambridge with 2 unrestored pieces. Another Bridgewater armchair, this one has its castors but sadly appears to be missing its seat cushion again. I would estimate this one at £2500. Sold for £2800+ Commission.
Howard Bridgewater armchair
And a Howard open armchair, we struggle to sell these at the best of times, I would estimate £800 at best. Sold for £500+ Commission.
howard open armchair

If you buy one of the items missing its cushions, please remember we sell a very near match for the Howard cushion fabric at £30 per meter, samples available on request.

Couple of nice lots at the auction rooms.

posted 5 May 2017, 03:41 by Steven Coles   [ updated 10 May 2017, 03:16 ]

Bit late with the 1st item being tomorrow the 6th of May but some may catch it and I will try and update it with the sold price. At Shapes, Edinburgh a nice, probably bridgewater chair by the looks of it. Much of its original lining still intact, should fetch a good price I would hope for £2500+. Sold for £3200 + Commission.

howard bridgewater shapes


A good large sofa at Reeman Dansie, Essex on the 9th of May. I think its a Leeds/Seymour, not a design I have ever had much interest in I don't like how they do the back cushions as squares, seems lazy to me. Should be shaped to match the back, perhaps a cost cutting exercise during the 50's? Should get £3000+ as its a good size. Sold for £4600 + Commission.

reeman dansie leeds howard sofa

Finally another Bridgewater/Ivor/Harley I dont have my tape measure on me to work it out and they have not measured the depth anyway. It is at Bellmans, Sussex on the 11th of May. Looks like the last stamp they used saying "Howard and Sons" to me so I think we are looking at 1930s to me, this should mean it wont be a complete mess inside, possibly original under the cover. Should get £3000+.

howard bridgewater bellmans


2 Nice lots at Chorley's, Cheltenham

posted 27 Mar 2017, 05:19 by Steven Coles   [ updated 31 Mar 2017, 03:14 ]

2 of Howard's best armchairs up for sale at Chorley's in Cheltenham on the 29th of March. Click the pictures to go to the relevant page on the-saleroom.com.

First a Bridgewater:
howard bridgewater
From the pictures it looks complete, cushion, castors the lot and in reasonable condition. So I would expect it to make a decent price, possibly around £3,000. Sold for £2500 + Commission @ 20%

Secondly the Club:
howard club
Again it looks in good condition, appears to be all present and correct (this model sometimes has a cushion and sometimes not). Not quite as popular as the Bridgewater but I would expect around £2200. Sold for £1800 + Commission @ 20%

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