William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

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William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by sgcastrejon » 27 Feb 2012, 21:24

Hello everybody,

I recently made an enquiry to this forum on the styling of my recently acquired 1920s Danemann piano. The instrument has now been delivered to me, and I am curious about the dealer who originally sold it, as I haven't been able to find any information online. According to an incised inscription on top of the keyboard (right hand side), it would be:
William Thomson & Son; 7 to 19 Govan Rd., Glasgow.
& at Paisley, Clydebank, Hamilton, Falkirk & Greenock

Many thanks in advance,

Sara

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 28 Feb 2012, 01:46

Thomson's firm became "& Son" around 1920, and continued until 1973. Many pianos sold by them have survived but, like the vast majority of piano names, they are not listed on the internet.
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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by sgcastrejon » 29 Feb 2012, 11:27

Dear Bill Kibby,

Thanks ever so much for your reply. The history of local dealers seems almost as interesting as the history of pianos itself and an important part of the local heritage. My piano still bears what I assume it was the shop registration number: Reg. No.809124 (in the inside of the lid, on the bottom left corner).

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Jun 2013, 11:44

Thanks for that, it's a shame we can't see it properly, the sign-in wants something I can't give it.
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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Robert Pool » 05 Jun 2013, 14:13

Bill Kibby wrote:Thanks for that, it's a shame we can't see it properly, the sign-in wants something I can't give it.
I don't understand!

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Jun 2013, 17:35

I can't get signed into flickr, so the whole point of them having pictures is lost. It would be nice to see a simple jpg.
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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Robert Pool » 05 Jun 2013, 17:53

can you not see the photo l inserted into the thread or is it just a 'Link' to the photo? Can anyone see the photo in the thread or is it just me?

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Jun 2013, 19:17

Sorry if I am confusing you, the photo is there, just very small. Flickr talks about high resolution, but I can't access it.
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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Robert Pool » 05 Jun 2013, 19:42

I can see the photo very clearly and l can read it clearly. Are you accessing this site on a mobile phone as that's the only way it's going to look small on the thread? Surely l can't be the only person to have uploaded a photo to the site.

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Jun 2013, 23:28

I got a reasonable copy by ignoring flickr and saving from your image here.
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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by joe » 06 Jun 2013, 20:14

Thomson had a long business relationship with Danemann pianos,the last 2 sons trained in their factory as apprentices,and where excellent tuner/techs,in 1973 they where bought over by the Clydesdale Elertical Retailers who where more interested selling T.V,records players etc and kept Wm Thomson on more as a figurehead doing some sales,only lasted a few years then sold on a few times more and finally ceased trading 1990,shame really as the family starting trading in the 1830 and created a huge import business transporting household goods from the U.S to U.K as well as pianos,quite a story.

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Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Post by Bill Kibby » 07 Jun 2013, 11:40

Thanks for the interesting notes, a little more that you didn't give us before. It is difficult to know why he claimed to have been established in 1830, but...

1844 Not listed in the Glasgow Directory as a maker or tuner.
1864 Not listed as a maker or tuner.
1875 Not listed as a maker, tuner or seller.
1884 Not listed as a maker, tuner or seller.

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