42939-1. There’s something very Miss Havisham about this piano—with lovely wood that must have been dazzling when new, and with its classical lyre-styled pedal mount, the grand old era from which it came remains visible despite the nicks and scratches of time. The story of the Erard company is as fascinating as its creations (really, Google it when you can), and if we’re reading the internal numeral correctly, this piece may be from between 1840 – 1875. Serial#: 14833. We also know that the German Schimmel company bought the Erard name in the 20th century.
42097-2. Shiny as the patent leather shoes on your nightmare childhood piano teacher, this sleek black Horugel upright piano delivers big sound in a relatively small package. Measures 59” x 2’ x 46”H. Bench (ID# 42068-15) sold separately.
43100-2. I’ve often wondered if the person who invented the upright piano made a fortune. I hope so, and I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall the day that idea struck—“Hey, what if we just turned all this stuff downward?” If nothing else, I hope she or he got free hootch in every old west saloon from here to the Mississippi. Serial # 221029.
Update: While there is some disagreement on the Interwebs, it appears the winner is one John Isaac Hawkins of Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century. Bravo!