There is a number, 1955, stamped at the top right of the sound board. The piano is burr walnut with ornate scroll legs and inlaid patterns on the top. It has had candle sconces. And it has well worn ivory keys. I can't check anything else at the moment, but have been reading your articles this evening ( it's 11pm here!) and will examine the piano very carefully. It is a truly beautiful thing and I just fell in love with it. I can't play but I think it might be time to learn! Thanks again - I'll be back.
from New Zealand
The number 1955, is also handwritten on the underside of the keyboard and the edge of the bottom door. I can't find anything else at the moment because it's all dark and horrible in there! But, I have worked out that the piano is straight strung and over damped. I now think it may be figured walnut, and the carved patterns are very intricate but no gold leaf. The scroll legs are similar to a picture I have seen on a french (Pfeiffer?) piano c1880. There is a partial iron frame (rt hand side) but I can't see any markings. Can't find any markings on the keys. All the keys work and I am going to get the piano tuned (or attempt to!) shortly. So, maybe that will turn up something else. Would it be useful if I sent photos?