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Howard and Sons are regarded as being the best of Victorian upholsterers, furniture makers and decorators. Their innovative upholstery techniques, notably the 'duvet' method of using a feather bag over deep coil springs to increase the comfort of the backs of their low, deep armchairs and sofas, enhanced their reputation to such an extent that Howard furniture was commissioned by the most exacting clients. In fact, Howard and Sons were awarded a Royal Warrant in the early part of the 20th Century, having spent the previous 50 years and more, improving their chair making abilities, and registering patents for modern upholstery procedures.
This Howard history of upholstery excellence provides the inspiration for our Lansdown chair and sofa. We use the same feather-over-springs technique to create the sumptuous feel to this classic design.
The bottom image shows a beautiful Howard that we purchased and reupholstered for a client in 2014. We made up a goose down cushion to meet the client's wishes, and we included a light restoration to the stamped wooden legs and brass castors.
We do provide a 'search & restore' service for Howards and other top quality antique chairs.