Rolfe Cabinet Piano c. 1828

The firm of William Rolfe & Sons, founded in the eighteenth century, were based at 112, Cheapside until about 1828.  With its six-octave compass, that date looks about right for this cabinet piano.

It is in a good mahogany case with turned and carved legs.  The imposing tall design was a good idea for giving a generous length for the bass, strings, but did require a check on the height of the ceiling!

The action was at the top of the piano, activated by long wooden stickers.  This one seems to be complete, but does need some adjustment to play well.  Now on its way to a new home.


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