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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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The C&S number is a stock number for Crane & Sons, who will have sold it some time after 1935, but the piano looks Edwardian.
The actual serial number is more likely to be on the vertical surfaces, perhaps painted onto the iron frame. It should be visible simply by lifting the top open.
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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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I have just replied to your post, but my reply has disappeared, so I am re-doing it.
The C&S number is a stock number for Crane & Sons, and indicates that the piano was sold by them some time after 1935, but the piano looks much earlier, perhaps Edwardian.
The actual serial number is more likely to be on a vertical surface, perhaps painted on the iron frame.
You should be able to see it just by lifting the top open.
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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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I have answered this twice, but my posts both disappeared.
Last edited by Bill Kibby on 09 May 2021, 23:39, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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Hi everyone,
I'm planning to get the John Spencer &Co. London piano for my son. Im living in Ireland, just would like to know how old is the piano. Serial number 29178. Hope it is possible to tune this lovely piano....
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I have already dealt with this enquiry before. The C&S number is not the Spencer serial number, it is a stock number for the retailers - Crane & Sons. All it tells me is that is was sold after 1894.
If you open the top of the piano and look inside, in the area by the tuning pins, there should be a serial number, which I can date.
Because there are so many old posts in this batch, you would get better results if you posted it as a NEW TOPIC.
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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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With regard to the Spencer 29178, this number suggests that it is from 1899, but the published numbers are not entirely accurate, this is my estimate.
Because there are so many old posts in this batch, you would get better results if you posted it as a NEW TOPIC.
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Re: John Spencer & Co., London

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Bill Kibby wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 19:08 I have already dealt with this enquiry before. The C&S number is not the Spencer serial number, it is a stock number for the retailers - Crane & Sons. All it tells me is that is was sold after 1894.
If you open the top of the piano and look inside, in the area by the tuning pins, there should be a serial number, which I can date.
Because there are so many old posts in this batch, you would get better results if you posted it as a NEW TOPIC.
I found another serial number F 41794
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