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I do know the scroll work that was in the center oval has broken and long since been lost, as some small pieces to the left circle have also broken, the fabric behind has been changed multiple times, unsure what was originally there. The bench we have is not original and has been removed from the pictures. Please help!
These are the most common surviving Victorian pianos, and I spend a lot of my time and energy trying to rescue antique pianos from destruction, so it is sad to see a piano turned into a bar, but marginally better than burning it, especially if it still looks the same. Even discarded parts could be useful for my displays, and I am in Norfolk and Suffolk every month.
I estimate that on average, my pianos may be worth about £30 each, although nobody would be likely to want them. The world has gone through a long period where history was destroyed without any thought, and where value was all about money. Now, I seem to have the only time-line of such pianos IN THE WORLD!
The Victorian page explains that cottage pianos were dying out in the 1880s, and there were diverse experiments in the style of the top door (top front panel). This piano looks typical of that period, but no precise, reliable dates are available for Russell piano numbers, so I will go through my files and see if I can narrow it down, but the number does seem to be early 1880s.
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