http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-gen/piano ... iases.html
Jacobean styles were popular in the twenties.
Perhaps your expertise can help...
a) Would Rogers and Chappell have been connected with each other in the mid to late 1920s?
b) Would they have sourced cases from a third party, or would one have supplied empty cases to the other?
Bill, would examining the interior of the Barnard piano give you a clue as to who really made it?
Here's the three pianos in question..
1) 'BARNARD' player piano in NZ - most definitely from 1929-1930 , can be this precise due to period newspaper ads. Some interior pics included.
https://www.trademe.co.nz/music-instrum ... ?archive=1
2) Chappell upright in UK.
https://shacklefordpianos.com/products/ ... twist-legs
3) Rogers upright in UK.
If you have a look at the dated serial numbers near the bottom of my Numbers page, that may give some clues. Chappells were around 70,000 in the twenties.
If you haven't already checked the keys, have a look at my Datemarks page.
Reviewing my files on Chappell serial numbers, there are many that don't correspond to the published dates. My Numbers page only lists confirmed dates.
Later in the 1900s, Chappell pianos were made at the Kemble factory.
Does the inside pic here help at all excluding or giving clues to the real maker? http://trademe.tmcdn.co.nz/photoserver/ ... 188142.jpg
Checking the keys is a more major operation with a player, can you see any markings near the bottom of the iron frame?