Beard Watson & Co. were Sydney based furniture manufacturers and retailers in the early 20th century, as part of their general furnishing and homewards business. The company commenced business in 1889 when an existing retail business was taken over and renamed by William Beard, James Watson and James Kebblewhite, and expanded into furniture manufacture when the company acquired a furniture manufacturing business in 1901. The company established a reputation for well designed furniture of good quality, as illustrated by the items listed in this price guide. Furniture manufacturing and retailing continued until the 1960s, and as well as the existing Sydney city store, branch stores were opened in a number of Sydney suburbs in an effort to counter declining sales in its city store. Beard Watson was taken over Nock & Kirby in 1959 but continued to trade in its own name. However sales continued to decline and the city store closed for good in 1973
Art Nouveau style Australian blackwood hallstand, c.1910, by Beard Watson Ltd. Sydney, the hallstand is a two sided type with double umbrella, stands one side, bevelled glass mirror and lower, single shelf opposite side, with makers label: Beard Watson Ltd
Georgian style oak bureau desk by Beard Watson, Sydney, circa 1910, makers stamp and serial number on right side drawer, fall front bureau with internal pigeon holes above 2 drawers & 2 doors, 111 cm wide, 81 cm deep (when opened), 109 cm high
Beard Watson single pedestal oak roll top desk 3 drawers and slide out shelf below, roll top with pigeon holes inside above. Maker's badge on back. Reading light has been fitted with some holes drilled. 107 cm wide, 75.5 cm deep, 108.5 cm high.
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