Inside the piano it has been signed by Henry Wood.
Expert advice believe the signature to be genuine.
Can any one throw any light on why Henry Wood would sign a piano?
Sometimes, people fake famous signatures on pianos, to try to make them more valuable, and the internet makes it easier to find a genuine signature and copy it. You can even print it on transfer paper and apply it.
The number suggests that your piano was made around 1935, does that seem likely?
The piano has been in the family since 1935 - pretty unlikely to be a fake as they had no reason to insert a fake signature!
The piano was purchased in Edinburgh from R.W.Pentlamd Ltd of 28 Frederick Street.
I have a similar Collard & Collard piano from the 1930s signed by Henry Wood.
However, we also have a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’.
This Certificate is in two parts, firstly a guarantee from Collard & Collard – naming the piano by its Pianoforte No., and secondly a signed, numbered (ours is number 9), and witnessed statement from Henry Wood saying, ‘I, Sir Henry J. Wood, have personally examined this instrument, and find both in tone and touch that in every way it conforms to the highest standard …….. ‘.
I would think that your original contributor could be confident that the signature on their piano is genuine.
Our piano tuner recently observed that the signatures on the Certificate and the piano are not totally identical, leading him to conclude that they are genuine signatures and not the application of a rubber stamp/transfer.