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.

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