Bachhoffner c.1823 - FtGH

1827 - "Pursuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in a cause Bachhoffner v. Bachhoffner, the Creditors of William Bachhoffner and Henry Lawson, late of John-Street, Tottenham-Court-Road, in the County of Middlesex, Piano-Forte-Makers (under the trusts of an indenture of the 12th day of January 1813, in the pleadings in the said cause mentioned), are, by their Solicitors, forthwith to come in and prove their debts before John Edmund Dowdeswell, Esq. one of the Masters of the said Court, at his Office, in Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-Lane, London, or in default thereof they will be excluded the benefit of the said Decree." The London Gazette, 1827, p. 248

Bankruptcy was very common in those days!  Other famous casualties include Christopher Ganer, and of course Longman & Broderip.


The name Bachhoffner is not well-known, and this is the only piano on record, but thanks to Lieve Verbeeck's excellent website, we do have the reference above.  The name Henry Lawson is more familar.

The 5½-octave piano itself is quite conventional, similar in many ways to a Clementi of the period.  

The present owner was hoping to complete the restoration, but this will not unfortuantely be possible.  It does need a re-string, but all the other parts are there, including the pedal.  


The piano is in Twickeham, West London, and is now very generously offered free of charge to a new owner who will give this piano the care it deserves, and complete the restoration.


Please contact Paul Gregory


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