Fritz Willeringhaus/Lipp grand

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Fritz Willeringhaus/Lipp grand

Post by oldchapel » 20 Sep 2019, 10:32

We have acquired a 1905 Lipp 6' grand and have found a tiny label for Fritz Willeringhaus, Berners Street, London whom I imagine were the original sellers of the instrument. Does anyone have any information about this company or more generally about Lipp and their pianos in the UK. Unlike their contemporaries, Bechstein and Bluthner I can find find virtually nothing about Lipp pianos as they do not appear to have had UK shops or UK-based sales operations. Our piano is extremely well-built - the removers said it was the heaviest piano for it's size that they had come across and it still sounds good.

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Re: Fritz Willeringhaus/Lipp grand

Post by Bill Kibby » 20 Sep 2019, 11:46

WIllingerhaus & Co. were importers and retailers, but probaby supplied imported pianos to other firms as well.

1892 My Post Office London Directory lists Willeringhaus & Co. 13 Hamsell Street EC. Sole importers of G. Ad. Ibach, established 1794) & Rich. Lipp & Sohn (established 1831)
1892 My Post Office London Directory also lists Richd. Lipp & Sohn, Pianoforte Manufacturers to the King of Wurtemberg, 13, Hamsell Street, EC. [This is actually the address of Willeringhaus & Co., importers.]
By 1911, RIchard Lipp & Sohn were listed as being at 56 Berners Street, but your label suggests that they were still being "hosted" by Willeringhaus.
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Re: Fritz Willeringhaus/Lipp grand

Post by oldchapel » 20 Sep 2019, 13:30

Many thanks for the prompt and informative reply.

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Re: Fritz Willeringhaus/Lipp grand

Post by traceyphillips » 20 Sep 2019, 15:00

Bill Kibby wrote:
20 Sep 2019, 11:46
WIllingerhaus & Co. were importers and retailers, but probaby supplied imported pianos to other firms as well.

1892 My Post Office London Directory lists Willeringhaus & Co. 13 Hamsell Street EC. Sole importers of G. Ad. Ibach, established 1794) & Rich. Lipp & Sohn (established 1831)
1892 My Post Office London Directory also lists Richd. Lipp & Sohn, Pianoforte Manufacturers to the King of Wurtemberg, 13, Hamsell Street, EC. [This is actually the address of Willeringhaus & Co., importers.]
By 1911, RIchard Lipp & Sohn were listed as being at 56 Berners Street, but your label suggests that they were still being "hosted" by Willeringhaus.
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