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B. Squire & Son piano

Post by ally » 02 Oct 2004, 00:30

Hello to you all. A new member here. please could you help with researching a piano that we have just inherited. It bears the name B Squire on the lid , but on the frame inside has the name B Squire and Son. It also seems to have another name carved into one of the wooden areas , that of a W Leslie.
The overall width of the piano is 54.5 inches.
We are very keen to research what has now become a working piano again in our home. There is also an embossed logo of a compass trademark.
Many thanks.

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Post by Bill Kibby » 02 Oct 2004, 08:22

You have only given us a name, so although B. Squire & Son are well known to me, and I have historical notes on the various Squire firms, you have not given me any information that would help me to tell you anything useful about your piano. Have a look at my datemarks page at
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Post by Gill the Piano » 03 Oct 2004, 14:08

If you find the serial number (usually in top left or right hand corner amongst the tuning pins) then Bill can tell you more about the age of the piano. Mr Leslie was one of the men who worked on the piano; names are stamped here and there throughout, usually, so if there was a problem with a certain aspect of the instrument the bosses would know who to drop on!
You may find a date on a label underneath the extreme left-hand key, as Squires were often labelled there. This is doubly likely if the number has a 'K' prefix, denoting the Kemble factory, but if you find the number Bill can, as I say, tell you when it was made.
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B Squire and Sons Piano

Post by ally » 08 Oct 2004, 16:03

Thanks to you both, Gill and Bill. Have looked in the suggested places for the serial number to no avail I'm afraid. Did not look under the extreme left hand key as you suggested Gill, as we don't know how to do this without damaging it!
Will look again at the weekend in the hope of finding this elusive serial number and thanks for the link to the other website.
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Post by Gill the Piano » 08 Oct 2004, 19:08

Lift off the top door (which will be fastened at both ends), then the fall (lid over the keyboard) and you should be able to get at the keys which simply lift out. If there's a rail across the back of the keys, this either lifts off or is secured with a screw at each end. Easy! If you get this far into the piano, there may be a number stamped on the extreme left hand key which might help. Or if you take out the bottom door (the bit in front of your knees when you sit at the piano) there may be a serial number stamped on the soundboard (wood behind the strings).
If you can do an Airfix kit you can take a piano to bits... :) and if you can't get it back together ( :oops: ), read the above instructions backwards or get back to us!

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Post by ally » 11 Oct 2004, 23:59

Thanks Gill, have just checked and noticed your humerous reply! Will not start start attacking the poor piano until tomorrow , but we will have a good attempt to boldly go(excuse the split infinitive) where I am sure no one has gone for a very long time!!
Will keep you posted,many thanks. :) :D

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Post by Bill Kibby » 12 Oct 2004, 10:36

Look at the Reports page on my PianoGen website, and also...

http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-gen/datem ... ianos.html
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Re: B. Squire & Son piano

Post by Ala » 23 Dec 2014, 21:24

Hi, I just bought B. squire & Son the serial number is CS177161. Do you know how how old is it?

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Re: B. Squire & Son piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 24 Dec 2014, 01:02

Squire serial numbers are not easy at the best of times, but this is not the serial number. The letters suggest that it is a stock number of a retailer, so have a look for other numbers.

I suppose it couldn't be C&S ?
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