Howard and Sons Ltd.
A button-down easy armchair, English, supplied by Howard & Sons, circa 1890. Upholstered in brown leather, with square back and rounded armrests, the deep seat raised on ring-turned oak legs with castors which are stamped HOWARD & SONS, LONDON, also back leg stamped 6699 5119.
John Howard originally established his firm at 24 Lemon Street in London in 1820. The firm grew to become one of the most fashionable and successful of the 19th century, participating in many of the International Exhibitions, working for many important clients and providing furniture for a variety of country houses. But it is primarily for their superior upholstered furniture that they remain so well-known today, most of which is stamped or labelled. They were based in the heart of the West End at 25 and 35 Berners Street from 1854, but then finally settled in the 1870s at 25, 26 and 27 Berners Street until 1935 when for a brief spell they were at 31 Old Burlington Street. They ceased trading in 1947.
Marks and inscriptions
On the castors: HOWARD & SONS, LONDON
Makers and roles
Howard and Sons Ltd., manufacturer