Erard 1909 upright Piano

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Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Katie86 » 10 Jul 2019, 14:38

Hi we have just bought our son a piano. We know its an Erard 1909 upright piano serial number 94986. Can anyone please give us any more info or history please
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Re: Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 10 Jul 2019, 21:36

What sort of history are you hoping for? Nobody can trace the life history of an individual piano once it leaves the factory, but if the manufacturers' archives survive, they may be able to provide you with some original details.
How do you know it is 1909?
Is it a London Erard or Paris?
Can you tell us the complete exact wording that is on the front?
Are you sure the number you quote is the only number inside?
It certainly looks Edwardian, typical of the ones at
http://www.pianohistory.info/edwardian.html
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Re: Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Katie86 » 10 Jul 2019, 23:02

Anything would be greatfully received

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Re: Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 11 Jul 2019, 11:21

I just received an email from a Katie, and I am suspicious of it. It has no subject, no text, so it looks like it might be trouble, and the attachments won't load, so I dumped it. Is it from you? If so, please send again with a subject heading and some text to explain what it is about, otherwise it appears to be junk mail.
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Re: Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Katie86 » 11 Jul 2019, 23:39

Ok thank you. Photos wont load on here x

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Re: Erard 1909 upright Piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 12 Jul 2019, 10:23

Yes, I am sorry, it's not my website.
The photos you sent confirm what you already said, that is the likely serial number, and suggests 1909.
What sort of information are you hoping for?
The retailer is shown as W.F.Cole & Sons, Sheffield. They appear on our Sheffield lists from soon after 1899, so they probably were the original retailers. Near the bottom of my Archives page
http://www.pianohistory.info/archives.html
there is some information about Erards, and a link to their online archives,
http://archivesmusee.citedelamusique.fr ... hives.html
and this page may help you...
https://archivesmusee.philharmoniedepar ... 5_81_P0001
There may be some listing of the original sale of this piano there, but I have found it quite difficult to work with. It seems to suggest the date as 1918.
After that, there is usually no way of doing active research on the life history of a piano.
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