John Spencer & Co London Piano

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John Spencer & Co London Piano

Post by UncleGravy » 21 Mar 2019, 16:13

Hi new to the forum. I've got a colleague of mine offered me her late mother's upright (If i had the room i'd happily take it) But i'm interested in finding out the date it was roughly made, the pictures i've got (which i'll upload when i get home) which has a mark which seems to look like 48722 but could possibly be 46722. Any ideas?

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Re: John Spencer & Co London Piano

Post by UncleGravy » 21 Mar 2019, 23:15

Here's a link to some of the pics I was sent, they're not the best of quality

https://imgur.com/a/P8QgunU
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Post by chrisw » 23 Mar 2019, 00:10

The cabinet looks to be in very good condition and appears to have a rosewood veneer.
It is straight strung and has an over damped action. The serial numbers for Spencer pianos are listed on various websites and 48722 puts it between 1905 and 1910.

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John Spencer London Piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 24 Mar 2019, 15:57

It has been modernised, the plain front and curved columns are not Edwardian. The number seems quite clear - 48722, which suggests 1907. Have a look at
http://www.pianohistory.info/edwardian.html

Unfortunately, Edwardian pianos are hard to sell at all in England, and fetch very little. Many are untuneable, or need major repairs, especially if the tuning pins are not holding. Ideally, get a local tuner to look at it before you get involved.
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