Spoke with gent who tuned piano and he said he thought piano dated 1860's because of the all-wooden base and he also noted that there was nothing on the action to suggest it was a Schwander. He did not find any other numbers other than the already mentioned 14052. The piano was imported into New Zealand by a company called H.Collier & Co (Wanganui & New Plymouth). We appreciate your information to date. Thanks.Bill Kibby wrote:If the action (the working parts of the notes) was made by Schwander, it should have a number on the rear, which can be dated.
Thanks again for further info. We'll get some photos to you as soon as we're able to locate a-willing-someone with the required techno!Bill Kibby wrote:Definitely after about 1889! Schwander weren't always the high-class name they became, and they made some weird and awful actions in the 1800s, even when they were making good grand actions for Bechstein etc.. If you look in the bottom of the piano, follow the strings all the way down, I imagine you will find they terminate at some kind of iron and, anyway, there were still some wood-framed pianos with very little iron in the early 1900s. It would be interesting to see photos.