Johan Malmsjö c. 1860

Tbis splendid piano was in good shape until it had to go into strorage, where it has suffered somewhat.

Johan Malmsjö was an important maker in Göteburg, Royal Court instrument Maker, winner of many prizes at international exhibitions (starting 1851), and the firm survived until as late as 1977.  There are about five other early survivors, all in Sweden when last heard of. 

All four legs, pedal lyre and fretwork are there, and just look at that beautiful ironwork (below)

All three bits of the lid are there, and did you ever see such fine mahogany?  (The veneer crack would be simple to repair).

This was a splendid piano, and will be again.  We are happy to say that it now has a new home, where it will be carefully restored.


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