Learn about Beard Watson & Co.

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
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A burr walnut four door one drawer sideboard by Beard Watson, Sydney, circa 1930, with key, 125 x 149 x 60 cm

Beard Watson bureau bookcase, with glass door bookcase (1 glass panel missing), over fall front bureau, 2 drawers and 2 doors, 111 cm wide, 215 cm high

Beard Watson dressing table, with centre & 2 outer mirrors (one a/f), 5 drawers on turned legs, 122 cm wide, 162 cm high

Beard Watson single height sideboard, with bow front, 153 cm wide, 91 cm high

Eight Beard Watson dining chairs, including 2 carvers

Vintage Beard Watson extension table, forms a round table (137 cm diameter), comes with 3 extension leaves, 56 cm long each (one only shown in photograph)

Beard Watson china cabinet, with bevelled glass panel doors, 2 display shelves & 2 lower storage shelves, on square carved legs joined by shaped stretcher, 114 cm wide, 152.5 cm high

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

Vintage Beard Watson sideboard, approx. height 120 cm, length 154 cm

A good Australian early 20th century Beard Watson & Co sideboard with two doors and satinwood inlay 123 cm width x 54 depth x 78 height

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.

Beard Watson dining table and six chairs, manufactured by Summertone design (6).

Beard Watson, buffet, manufactured by Summertone design. Height 76 cm. Length 130 cm. Depth 44 cm

A pair of early 20th century Australian cedar Beard and Watson tub chairs with finely turned supports and legs

A D-end dining table by E.H for Beard Watsons with four extension leaves raised on cabriole legs complete with original labels

A set of six dining chairs including two carvers by Edward Hill for Beard Watsons in walnut veneer. In George III style featuring shell accents to the back and the legs with drop seats