• Item: Pair of Upholstered Armchairs
• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• In the style of Howard & Sons
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Oak
• Scribe moulded frame
• Upholstered to calico stage
• Sprung base
• Horsehair fillings
• Shaped back
• Scroll arms
• Tapering block front legs
• Splayed rear legs
• Steel & Bakelite castors
• Exceptionally comfortable
• Large proportions
• Original polish & patination
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
This is a fine quality antique English pair of Victorian armchairs, constructed in the style of Howard & Sons, circa 1880, in excellent condition, which have been upholstered to the calico stage, to allow you to personalise these chairs in your own top upholstery material of choice. The pair of Victorian armchairs boast a stunning shape, with a scribe moulded solid oak frame, with a sumptuous scroll top rail, scroll end arms and a deep seat. The chair frames are upholstered with horsehair the seat bases are sprung, with a webbed and hessian underside. The oak frame is decorated with decorative etched scribe mouldings. The pair of Victorian armchairs are raised on tapering block front legs, with splayed block legs to the rear, terminating on steel castors. The upholstered chairs boast large proportions, deep seats and they are exceptionally comfortable to sit on.
If you would like us to upholster the chairs in your own top fabric, please contact us for a labour quote. We can assist with choosing a suitable fabric if you need help, and also with the process of arranging delivery of the fabric to our workshop for upholstering.
This pair of upholstered armchairs would look superb in a variety of rooms from the bedroom, living room or library. They would certainly grace any home and is a great investment as they are extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
History of Howard & Sons Furniture:
The business was opened in 1820. Their sofas and chairs became popular during the Victorian era amongst the upper class. They collaborated with Gillows of Lancaster. They supplied furniture to the Savoy Hotel in London. Howard & Sons received a number of Royal Warrants of Appointment. Some authentic designs of Howard & Sons furniture nowadays are in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
A brief history of this company can be viewed at the following link: https://bifmo.furniturehistorysociety.org/entry/howard-john-howard-sons-1820-1925
The appeal of this furniture is explained further in this article in the House & Garden magazine: https://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/gallery/howard-and-sons-chairs and also in the following article: https://antique-collecting.co.uk/2021/11/12/howard-sons-furniture-the-essential-guide/
This is a fine quality antique English pair of Victorian armchairs, constructed in the style of Howard & Sons, circa 1880, in excellent condition, which have been upholstered to the calico stage, to allow you to personalise these chairs in your own top upholstery material of choice. The chair frames incorporate horse hair fillings, with a sprung seat. If you would like us to upholster the chairs in your own fabric, please contact us for a labour quote. We can assist with choosing a suitable fabric if you need help, and also with the process of arranging delivery of the fabric to our shop for upholstering. The pair of Victorian armchairs have been cleaned and wax-polished, by hand, to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the colour and patination is of an excellent standard. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the chair frames and legs, but nothing significant considering the age of the chairs. This pair of Victorian armchairs are extremely comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. The chairs are solid in joint and ready to be used.
External Height = 100cm / 39⅜” / 3ft 3⅜”
External Width = 95cm / 37⅜” / 3ft 1⅜”
External Depth = 105cm / 41⅜” / 3ft 5⅜
Seat Height (Centre) = 48cm / 18⅞” / 1ft 6⅞”
Seat Width (Front Edge) = 78cm / 30¾” / 2ft 6¾”
Seat Width (In Between Arms – Front of Seat) = 50cm / 19¾” / 1ft 7¾”
Seat Width (Back of Seat) = 44cm / 17¼” / 1ft 5”
Seat Depth = 65cm / 25½” / 2ft 1½”
Arm Height = 62cm / 24⅜” / 2ft 0⅜”
Back Height = 59cm / 23¼” / 1ft 11¼”
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