There are various numbers/markings inside, including:
714 - stamped on the inside of the panel above the pedals, stamped on the lid that goes over the keys, and in pencil on the back of the hammers/dampers assembly.
2714 - stamped (etched? ) on the metal that holds the strings.
VI (might be VF or VH as it is only a partial second letter) - just above the 2714, though this is part of the casted metal.
66285 - stamped on the back on the hammers/dampers assembly.
J 27/8 (might be Y or lower case b instead of J) - in pencil close to 66285.
H. COY - stamped into the frame close to the lowest key.
24733 - stamped on the lowest two keys. The rest are numbered 3 - 85.
I plan to keep this in the family, even if it's not worth keeping. Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
There is useful general information about upright pianos at
and this one is typical of the twenties, but it might be as early as 1918. If you want to search inside the piano for clues, have a look at
The action (the working parts of the notes) appears to have been imported from Germany, and the best hope is that it may be marked on the rear with the action makers’ name and number, and I may be able to date this. However, removing the action can be risky in an old piano, and you may need your tuner’s help.
This came out very easily. Undo two hand tightened, ornate nuts where the two "arms" from the top of this unit where screwed to the metal strings unit. It is all one piece with inverted U feet at either end. Though only the front foot (nearest to the you when you are sat at the piano) touches anything when it is fitted in the piano. Each of the two feet sit in what looks like a large nut, allowing it to pivot slightly on them.
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Just by the action sitting on the floor will put pressure on any weak glue or leather joints due to the weight of the undercarriages. Best to put the action back in. Yes, we all know here how the ball & socket feet resting points work.... a typical 1920s action I think.... or could be earlier.
Some re-pinning may be required for the hammers/ dampers that don't return first, before tuning.
I noticed that someone else has asked about the same company, and that the address in Blackburn was in use in 1903, and another address is used in Blackpool from 1911. Does anyone know if this was a move of premises or another branch, and if so, when the Blackburn one closed?
http://126.96.36.199/piano-forums/view ... 2ed#p58045
At the beginning of the 1914 war, Sharples had branches at Blackburn and Blackpool. Some upright piano styles changed around 1918, and this one is typical of that period. By 1928, Sharples was only listed in Blackpool.