Sunday, November 21, 2010

R. Hovenden & Sons Ltd.

R. Hovenden & Sons Limited was a wholesaler and exporter of pharmaceutical and hairdressing products. The company was established by Robert Hovenden in London in 1892.

The company sold a wide range of products such as razors, combs, perfumes, toiletries, mirrors and walking sticks. However the company seemed to be best known for being "human hair merchants". They did a brisk trade supplying pre-made wigs, hair curlers, and false buns which were incorporated into womens' hairstyles.

By Mark Matlach

Hovenden commercial overprints are known at least as late as SG 506.

1 comment:

  1. Apparrently they did more than that: I have a bone handled carving knife/ meat knife from this company, made in Sheffield. I can't imagine it's a one off ..