Offering a beautiful antique upright pianoforte, that plays and has still has a surprisingly good sound. Research of the history of this particular piano revealed that it was made by Justin Browne, 237-245 Burton Road, London, England in 1881. Pianofortes from this maker prior to 1880, have the initial “H” before Justin. It was displayed in the shoppe of one William Needham at 53 Manfield, in Nottingham, who describes himself as the sole agent for Justin Browne. From there, it ended being transported via steamship to the United States when the family immigrated here in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Fortunately, it was not the Titanic. After that the history becomes sketchy. It apparently changed ownership at few more times and ended up in Austin Texas. Needam, the agent for H. Justin Browne, died on January 5, 1905. He still lived in the flat above his music store on 53 Manfield with his wife, Fanny, at the time of his death, according to the London Gazette. The piano (short for Piano-Forte) was apparently rarely played and has survived in rather amazing condition. It features the delicate, original music holder and brass hardware and candle sconces/candelabras, and walnut burl veneer. The center panel boasts a frieze of an intricately-carved music motif of mandolin, violin, and tambourine surrounded by stylized acanthus leaves and ribbon. The action still functions adequately and the ivory key tops are still intact and white, the genuine ebony sharps are still in pristine condition. This lovely and historical piece would certainly make a fine addition to display in a foyer, museum, or living room. The price is very reasonable for a rare find such as this. The affordable price includes matching, antique eagle claw bench and hand-carved ironwood merganser decoy. The item “Antique Victorian Era Piano and bench” is in sale since Wednesday, June 19, 2019. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Pianos, Keyboards & Organs\Pianos\Upright Pianos”. The seller is “montecary” and is located in Georgetown, Texas. This item can’t be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.
- Brand: Kimball
- Number of Keys: 85
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Number of Pedals: 2