This beautiful wood practice clavier by Virgil of New York still has its original paper guarantee label inside with a creation date of August 16, 1900. We love that they call the place of construction the “manufactory.” That’s a word that needs to come back. Alas, the warranty expired … in 1905.
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.