Broadwood 1793

Another example of my favourite pianos - the first series Broadwoods with straight dampers - was in the sale of  Wilsons Auctions, Nantwich, on 11th July.  This one is number 2147.  It has lost its original undercarriage: as an 'elegant' piano it would almost certainly have stood on a French stand, but a simple trestle would not look out of place.  

By 1794 James Shudi Broadwood joined the partnership, and nameboards henceforth read 'John Broadwood & Son'.  

The lockboard is loose, but this picture does show the 'railway track' inlay banding characteristic of the elegant option.  We also see a full set of those beautiful brass dampers (which have a considerable value in their own right) and apparently a full set of original hammers and wrestpins. 

A complete re-string is routine for any piano of this age - certainly this one!  

The picture above shows evidence of a careful repair to the hitchrail.  This piano does need a full restoration, but when skillfully done, this has the potential to be a lovely piano.  


In accordance with the UK Ivory Act 2018 the exemption code is 831LR7HK


The estimate for this one is £500 - £800; the hammer-price realised was £600.  


Pictures by, and by courtesy of, Wilsons Auctioneers

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