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Evening Telegraph, 6th June 1963, transcribed by Kay Collins
Phillips & Sons Ltd
Rushden Furnishing Firm Extends its Premises
Sale time
The shop at 96/98 High Street - ready for a 'Sale' c1955

The name of Phillips has long been associated with furnishings and furniture and the latest addition to the premises of Phillips and Sons (Rushden) Ltd. will ensure that the tradition is maintained at its high standard.

Bedroom furniture
Bedroom furniture
Founded in 1891 by Mr. Aaron Phillips, who also founded the Kettering firm bearing the same name, the Rushden business is now in the hands of Mr. L. Phillips and his son, Richard.

Since it was first opened the firm has maintained a steady growth and the new furniture showroom, an extension on the Rushden High Street premises built by Potters, Wellingborough Ltd. gives a total area of 5,000 square feet, all used to make sure that the customer is satisfied and feels at ease.

The latest trend in shop lighting is used to show on the latest and best stock in the five departments — household linens, furnishing fabrics, dress fabrics, furniture and carpets. A tour through the shop will show that anything you need for your home is available.

Lounge furniture
Lounge furniture
Pride of place in the shop goes to the furniture department now housed in the new extension. The extension has provided a spacious and attractive showroom with a comprehensive range of dining and bedroom suites to suit every need. There is a large range of lounge suites, occasional chairs and convertible couches by famous manufacturers, all keenly priced.

And if you want those few "extras" to make your well-furnished room into "home" then the department offers a selection of occasional furniture, including bureau, coffee tables, needlework cabinets, magazine racks, companion sets and a fine display "Peerage" brassware.

The carpet bar
The carpet bar
One section of the showroom is devoted to kitchen units and breakfast sets, in both wood and tubular steel.

The Latest

Need a new carpet? Phillips have installed the latest carpet selection bars, with a range of traditional and contemporary broadloom Axminster carpeting in wool, wool Bri-Nylon blend and new "Alpha" 100 per cent Acrilan 15. Wiltons and tufted carpetings of Wool-Elan, Wool-Bri-Nylon, Viscose Rayon and new Kosset, Bronze Label and 100 per cent Bri-Nylon.

The advice of a team of expert carpet planners is available and there is a staff of factory-trained fitters, using only the latest methods of carpet installation for wall-to-wall carpeting, ready to help you.


Furnishing fabrics
Furnishing fabrics
In the furnishings department you will find a large stock of fabrics in a self-selection fixture—just the job when you haven't quite made up your mind what you need and want a few quiet minutes to look at the fabrics.

Traditional and contemporary prints and brocades by "Grafton", "Tootal", "Heals", "Ruro", "Bevis" and "Sunlover" are but a few of the famous brands available.

For winter months velours and weaves are stocked and high quality Terylene nets are available. In addition there are plenty of pattern books available for your perusal.

But when you have selected your fabric, Phillip's making-service is there to help you. This covers nets, curtains, pelmets and bedspreads, and an expert measuring and estimate advice service is supplisd free of charge.

The firm will also measure and quote for attractive Venetian blinds by "Faber," "Luxaflex" and Ventolite to give your windows extra appeal.


If you are setting up home, or replenishing your linen cupboard, or simply want to buy a present for someone, the household linen department is ready for your attention.

The towel counter
The towel counter
Among a guaranteed range of goods are all wool and fibre-blend blankets by "Earlys" of Witney, and "Moderna Sorrento", sheets by "Duro", "Finlays", "Riggs" and "Dorma" and towels of all patterns and sizes.

Boxed presentation towels, pillow cases and sheet sets and many other gifts are in stock.

In the dress fabric department there is a huge range of summer cottons—"Tootal", "Rose and Hubble", "Ferguson", "Cavendish" and "Hey Presto", are but a few of the well-known brands available for your inspection.

Dressmaking materials
Dressmaking materials
In fact the department is there to cater for the home dressmaker. Select your pattern from the "McCalls" paper pattern range choose your materials from the wide range of plain cotton and rayon fabrics in all the latest shades, and then stock up with thread and zip fasteners to match.

And when winter is in mind, visit the same department for the same service to buy from the selection of wool, wool-nylon, wool-Courtelle, Courtelle, brushed rayons and other materials.

Seventy years old in establishment but seventy years young in ideas and service — that is Phillips of Rushden — a claim well substantiated by the service offered.

c 1910 New shop front in 1927
In 1927 when a new shop front was fitted

Peace Day 1945
Decorated for Peace Day 1945

Window Dressed for a competion c1955 and a 'Buy British Lace' promotion - photo by A J George

1920 invoice 1955 advert
A 1920 invoice
Advert from 1955

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