332. Fine Flame Mahogany Revolving Bookcase by Howard and Sons London 19thCt

Stunning English Flame Mahogany “Canterbury” Revolving Bookcase of outstanding quality, generous proportions and square form by London Cabinet Makers Howard and Sons. 

Last quarter of the Nineteenth Century  

The square flame mahogany moulded top above two divided tiers supported by groups of eight ring turned plain baluster columns on four splayed supports each  complete with their original brass castors.  

Condition: Superb untouched condition. All four sides are alike. Ivorine label as shown.  

Height: (entire as shown image one) 17.25" (44cm). Width: (at top). 23.5" (60cm). Depth: 23.5" (60cm). 


Location: Dublin City, Ireland. 

Worldwide Store to door shipping. 

Howard & Sons, Berners Street, London 1820 - 1947

Established in 1820 by John Howard, going on to become Howard & Sons and trading from multiple addresses in central London, the firm is best known for it’s exceptional quality upholstered furniture but also excelled in upholstery, cabinet making and wall and floor coverings. In 1872 they relocated to their most notable address, Berners Street, and flourished winning awards at multiple exhibitions including two golds and a silver at the Paris exhibition of 1900. 

Working for exclusive clients throughout the 19th and early 20th century, and boasting Royal patronage, Howard & Sons is a sure mark of quality. The Victoria and Albert Museum of London have an 1862 cabinet in their collection. Most of their work is marked with either a stamp, paper or Ivorine label. Stamps often found on castors or the inside back leg. They ceased trading in 1947. 

Time Line: 

1820 – John Howard begins trading as a cabinet manufacturer at 24 Lemon Street, London 

1832 – The business relocates to 34 Great Alie Street, London 

A showroom and upholstery workshop open in Red Lion Street 

1848 – John Howard & Sons establish trading as ‘Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator’ from 22 Berners Street, London  

1861 – Workshops opened at Tottenham Street, London (Departing in 1889) 

1862 – Prize awarded at the Crystal Palace Exhibition for library furniture 

1865 – Workshops opend at Fitzroy Square, London (Departing in 1868) 

1865 – Howard & Sons listed as ‘Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator’  

1869 – Consolidation of workshops to Clevedon Street 

1872 – The business relocates to 25,26 and 27 Berners Street, London 

1878 – Prize awarded at the International Exhibition 

1894 – Prize awarded at the Antwerp Exhibition 

1899 – Howard & Sons Ltd 

1900 – Two gold and one silver medals awarded at the Paris Exhibition 

1935 – The business moves to 31 Old Burlington Street, London focusing on upholstered furniture 

1947 – Howard & Sons Ltd cease trading