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NAPIER William  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1788-1808

1788 - Bankrupt in 20th May 1788, The General Magazine and Impartial Review, 1788, p. 335

'Music-seller to their Majesties' in 1793-1808

St. Martin-in-the-Fields (*1788), [49], Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn-fields (**1793)(*1794),  Lisle Street, Leicester Square (*1808) London
NEILSON William 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1841-43 9, Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square(**1841)(*1843), London
NEMMS Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1906-09 70, Walton Road (*1906)(*1909), Liverpool
NESLIN Robert 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1843 28, Everett Street Brunswick (*1843), London
NEUBAUER Frederic 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1763-74 (1) London
NEUMANN Paul 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? London
NEWELL Benjamin Collins  

Patent of 1866 : "Newell. 8th October 1866. - 2588. Benjamin Collins Newell, of Cheltenham, in the County of Gloucester, Pianoforte Manufacturer, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes. Provisional protection only." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents, 1867, p. 179

 

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1866 Cheltenham, in the County of Gloucester
NEWMANN & PARKINSON 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1896-1919  

71-71 a, Dalberg Road, Brixton, S.W. (**1896)(**1901), 196, Acre Lane, West Brixton, S.W. (**1904)(*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London

 

NEWMANN Paul 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? Manchester
NEWSOME Brothers 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1921

H. Cottam, Proprietor (**1910)(*1921)

North Road (*1921), Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury
NEW WINSOR  

BRAND

Pianos made by KEMBLE after 1911

 

London
NICELIN Thomas  

1861 - "Bankrupts. [...] Friday, oct. 25, 1861. [...] Nicelin, Thomas, Newcastle-street, Burslem, Staffordshire, Pianoforte and Cabinet Maker, and Upholsterer. Pet. Oct. 21. Registrar, Challinor: Nov. 6 at 11 ; County Court, Hanley. Off. Ass. Challinor. Sol. D. S. Sutton, Burslem." The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter, 26/10/1861, p. 827

 

'Pianoforte and Cabinet Maker, and Upholsterer' ca. 1861

Bankrupt in 1861.

Newcastle Street, Burslem (x1861), Staffordshire
NICHELS Benjamin  

Patent of 1845 : "Benjamin Nickels, of York Street, Lambeth, machinist, for improvements in pianofortes. (Oct. 27.)" English patents, Andrew Pritchard, 1847, p. 114 - or - "A.D. 1845, October 27. N 10,897. - NICKELS, Benjamin. Improvements in pianofortes.
1. Two sounding boards are combined with two sets of strings, and two actions are put in motion by one or two sets of keys, being in fact the combination of a vertical and horizontal piano in one case. One set of the keys plays the horizontal, the other the upright portion of the instrument. The two are however connected so that by pressing one of the upper keys the lower is abo depressed and their two hammers strike their respective strings. The notes thus produced may be in the same or different keys. When it is desired to play the upright portion only, the lower keys only are used, and if the horizontal alone is to be played, the action of the upright part is disconnected by a pedal lifting rod. (see next )
 

 

'Machinist' ca. 1847


(continuation)

2. The application of additional strings combined with an action to be played by the feet so as to obtain deeper bass notes.
3. The application of helical springs and springs of india-rubber to bring back the hammers.
4. An apparatus for tuning the strings.
5. Covering the wire strings with india-rubber, gutta-percha, and catgut, and also combining several strings by binding them into one string.
6. A new mode of constructing the hammers by applying short lengths of felted cord to hollow or tubular headed hammers, by which the hammer strikes the strings with the ends of the fibres of which the felted cord is formed." Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications Relating to Paints, 1871, p. 152

York Street (*1847), Lambeth, Surrey
NICHOLAS Charles Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842-52 2, Chadwell Street, St. John Street Road, Pentonville (x1842)(*1843)(*1852), London
NICHOLS  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-93

NICHOLS, RICHMOND & Co (**1882)(**1884)

NICHOLS C. (*1893)

 

7, Queen Victoria Street, E.C. (**1882), 3, Motley Street, Curtain Road, E.C. (**1882)(**1884), 308, Mile Ende Road, E. (**1882)(*1893), London
NICHOLS John C.  

'Pianoforte-maker' or piano-case-maker ca. 1874

COWDERY, COBB, NICHOLS & Co (*1874)

 

bd. at (*1874), Woburn
NICHOLS Edward
| NICHOLLS
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884-93

NICHOLLS Edward (**1884)

NICHOLS & NICHOLS (*1893)

 

118, Mile End Road, E. (**1884)(*1893), London
NICHOLS, STILLMAN  

'Pianoforte-makers' or pianoforte-case-makers ca. 1874

COWDERY, COBB, NICHOLS & Co (*1874)

 

h. Main, n. Park (*1874), Woburn
NICOLE Frres 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1903-10 21, Ely Place, E.C. (*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
NICOLL Wallace Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1916-17 394, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, S.W. (*1916)(*1917), London
NIEBOUR Louis  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901

 

97, Clarence Street (**1901), 3-5, St. James' Road, Kingston (**1901), London
NIELD C. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1910 119, Devonshire Street (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1910), Sheffield
NIGHTINGALE Joseph 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884-1910 138, Albert Street, Regent's Park, N.W. (**1884), 6, Svan Yard, N. (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
NIMKEY Jesse S. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1884-93 23, Ludgate Hill, E.C. (**1884), 31, Ludgate Hill, E.C. (**1891), 23, Ludgate Hill, E.C. (*1893), London
NOBLE Samuel John 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1822-52 14, Abingdon Street, Westmnr. (**1822)(x1825)(**1841)(x1842)(*1843), 13, Abingdon Street, Westmnr. (**1852), London
NOBLE & HALL 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1914-15 26, Approach Road, Victoria Park, N.E. (*1914)(*1915), London
NORBON John 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1791 Fox Court, St. James Street(*1791), London
NORMELLE PIANO Co

 

BRAND

Pianos made by MURDOCH, MURDOCH & Co (*1914)(*1915)

 

Hatton House, 57d, Hatton Garden, E.C. (*1914)(*1915),  London
NORMINTON William Robert

 

Patent of 1871 : "A.D. 1871, July 20. No.1905. - NORMINTON, William Robert, of Number 45, Paddington Street, Marylebone, in the county of Middlesex, pianoforte manufacturer, the sole surviving partner in the firm of Nutting and Norminton. A new self-escapement hopper, to prevent blocking in the upright plain action pianoforte. This self-escapement hopper is so constructed that by means of an escapement lever fixed between the back and fly of the hopper, and pressing against a button regulated by a screw pin passing through the upper part of the fly, the arm of the escapement lever working through a slot at the bottom of the fly, and coming in contact with a regulating button fixed in a rail in front of the hoppers, so that when the key of the pianoforte is struck, causes the fly of the hopper to escape from under the sticker lever, thus rendering blocking impossible." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1871, p. 431

 

 

Pianoforte-maker ca. 1871

NUTTING & NORMINTON (??), see NUTTING, below on this page

45, Paddington Street, Marylebone, Middlesex (**1871), London
NORRIS Brothers Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1916-19 796, Garratt Lane, Tooting, S.W. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
NORRIS J.  

'Musical Instrument maker' ca. 1793-1818

NORRIS & BARNES (**1793)(*1794)(*1803), see also BARNES

'Musical Instrument Makers to their Majesties' (**1793)

 

[35], Coventry street, [Leicester Fields] (**1793)(*1794)(*1803), 35, Coventry Street, Haymarket (*1808)(*1818), London
NOSWORTHY William Samuel  

Patent of 1860 : "Nosworthy. 29th May 1860 - 1323. William Samuel Nosworthy, of Coleman Street, in the City of London, Pianoforte Manufacturer, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted, 1861, p. 88

 

'Pianoforte-maker' and hammer-coverer ca. 1852-60


(continuation)

Patent of 1862 : "Nosworthy. 10th March 1862. - 645. WILLIAM SAMUEL Nosworthy, of 79, Coleman Street, in the City of London, Pianoforte Manufacturer, for an invention for Improvements in upright and horizontal pianofortes. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1863, p. 45

 

3, Clarendon Square (**1852), [79], Coleman Street (*1861)(**1863), London
NOTMAN William
| NOTTMAN | NODMAN
 

1838 - "Notice is hereby given, that by a decree of his Honour the Vice-Chancellor, dated the 3d day of april 1840, made in a cause in the High Court of Chancery, wherein William Notman is plaintiff and John Sneezum is defendant, it was declared, that the Partnership lately subsisting between the said William Notman and John Sneezum, of John street, Tottenham court-road, in the county of Middlesex, Piano Forte-Makers, should be disolved from the 11 th day of June 1838. - Dated this 16th day of May 1840. Walls and Son, Pleintiff's Solicitors, 40, Hat-street, Bloomsbury-square." The London Gazette, 09/06/1840, p. 1373

 

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1840-45

NOTMAN & SNEEZUM (1838)

NODMAN William [sic], JUDKINS Eimer Adams & BLAKE Charles (*1841)(x1842)

1841 - "Tuesday, May 25. Partnerships dissolved. [...] Nodman [sic], Judkins, and Blake, John street, Tottenham court road, pianoforte manufacturers; as far as regards E. A. Judkins." The Examiner, 30/05/1841, p. 349 or The London Gazette, 1841, p. 1338

Bankrupt in 1844 : "Notman, William, 29, John Street, Tottenham Court Road, Piano-forte Maker. Turquand, Off. Ass.; Ward, Essex Street. Dec. 3." The Legal Observer, Or, Journal of Jurisprudence, Volume 29, 1845, p. 175

 

29, John Street, Fitzroy Square, Tottenham Court Road (xx1840)(*1841)(**1841)(x1842)(*1845), London
NOVELLO, EWER & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 1, Berners Street, W. (*1906)(*1907), 160, Wardour Street, W. (*1910), London
NURY Samuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1787 (1) London
NUTTING George  

 

ADDISON & NUTTING

Upright pianoforte ca. 1860, Hezlett House, County Londonderry, Ireland, U.K.
Upright pianoforte n 8224, Basil E. Marsch Collection, Midland, M.I., U.S.

LONDON - "3453 NUTTING & Addison, 210, Regent-st. A piano.
3455 Nutting & Addison, 210, Regent-st. W. A piano-forte."
International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

Patent of 1854 : "Thomas, George, casemaker to Messrs. Nutting, Addison, and Co., of Osnaburgstreet, Regent's-park, Middlesex, pianoforte manufacturers, improvements in the construction of the framework of upright pianofortes. Patent dated May 8, 1854. (No. 1030.)" The Mechanics' Magazine, 1854, p. 546

"PIANOFORTE MANUFACTORY, 19, OSNABURGH STREET, NEW ROAD, REGENT'S PARK, LONDON.
NUTTING, ADDISON & CO., MAKERS TO THE QUEEN,
In announcing their removal from 74, Great Titchfield Street to a more commodious manufactory at the above address, beg to state that they are now enabled to produce and offer, at greatly reduced prices, HORIZONTAL GRAND, and SEMI-GRAND8, OBLIQUE, COTTAGE, and PICCOLO PIANOFORTES, which, in point of quality and quantity of tone, are. not to be surpassed.
PIANOFORTES FOR SALE OR HIRE. Warerooms, 210, REGENT STREET." Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire, with Maps, 1855, p. 35

"NUTTING & ADDISON, PIANOFORTE MAKERS TO HER MAJESTY,
19, OSNABURGH STREET,
REGENT'S PARK, AND 21O REGENT STREET.
COTTAGE, SEMI-COTTAGE, BOUDOIR, AND PICCOLO UPRIGHT PIANOFORTES." Official Catalogue of the Industrial Department, 1862, p. 76

 

 

'Pianoforte-makers' since 1850, see also ADDISON and NORMINTON, just above.

COVENTRY, BARNETT, ADDISON & NUTTING (x1850), see also COVENTRY Charles and BARNETT Robert

1850 - "NOTICE is hereby given, that by indenture, dated the 1. 12th day of September 1850, made between Charles Coventry, of No. 71, Dean-street, Soho, in the county of Middlesex, Music Publisher and Seller, and Manufacturer of, and Dealer in Musical Instruments, of the first part; Robert Barnett, of No. 71, Dean-street aforesaid, Professor of Music, Robert Addison, of Regent-street, in the said county of Middlesex, Musicseller, and George Nutting, of Titchfield-street, in the parish of Saint Marylebone, in the county of Middlesex, Pianoforte Manufacturer, of the second part; and the several other persons whose names are thereunto subscribed and seals affixed, being respectively creditors of the said Charles Coventry, of the third part; the said Charles Coventry did bargain, sell, assign, transfer, and set over unto the said Robert Barnett, Robert Addison, and George Nutting, their executors, administrators, and assigns, all and singular the stock in trade, musical instruments of every kind, printed music, engraved music, and the plates and copyright thereof, book debts, monies, and securities for money, household furniture, plate, linen, china, books, books of account, pictures, prints, engravings, wines, and all other the estate and effects of him, the said Charles Coventry (except as therein excepted), upon trust for the benefit of the creditors of the said Charles Coventry who should execute the said indenture; and that the said indenture was executed by the said Charles Coventry, Robert Barnett, Robert Addison, and George Nutting respectively, on the said 12th day of September, in the presence of William Stafford, of No. 13, Buckingham-street, Strand, in the said county of Middlesex, Solicitor, who is the attesting witness to such execution of the said indenture by the said Charles Coventry, Robert Barnett, Robert Addison, and George Nutting respectively." The London Gazette, 08/10/1850, p. 2674

NUTTING George & Co (**1852)

NUTTING George & ADDISON Robert (*1862)

PUB

See some publicity here : Gracesguide.co.uk

Exhibitors List London, 1862

 

74, Great Titchfield Street, Saint Marylebone, Middlesex (x1850)(**1852), 19, Osnaburgstreet, Regent's Park, Middlesex (x1854)(x1855), 210, Regent Street (*1862), London
NUTTING James Lindop

(1747 - before 1848)

Nameplate of a square pianoforte n 2030, hammerfluegel.info

 

Square pianoforte n 2030, hammerfluegel.info
Square pianoforte n 2220 of 1817, Cinoa.org

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1817-43

GUNTHER & NUTTING (before 1818), see also GUNTHER

1818 - "Partnership between Henry Gunther and James Lindop Nutting, of Tottenham-Street, Tottenham-Court-Road, in the County of Middlesex, Piano Forte Manufacturers, was dissolved on the 24th day of June last by mutual consent. - As witness our bands this 18th day of July 1818. Henry Gunther. James Lindop Nutting." The London Gazette, 25/07/1818, p. 1343 (thegazette.co.uk)

NUTTING & HENDERSON (*1823)(x1825), 'Piano Manufacturers' and 'organ builders'

NUTTING & WOOD (*1843), see also WOOD

Will of James Lindop Nutting, Gentleman of Islington, Middlesex 10/01/1848

92, Dean Street (P1817), Tottenham Street, Tottenham Court Road (x1818), 283, Oxford Street (*1823), 230, Oxford Street (x1825), London
 

 

(*1788): 'The General Magazine and Impartial Review', 1788, p. 335

(*1791): 'The Names and Descriptions of the Proprietors of Unclaimed Dividends on Bank', 1791, p. 166

(**1793): 'Wakefield's Merchant and Tradesman's General Directory for London', 1793, Napier p. 221, Norris p. 225

(*1794): 'Kent's Directory for the Year 1794. Cities of London and Westminster, & Borough of Southwark', 1794 (londonancestor.com)

(*1808): 'Post Office Annual Directory', 1808, p. 207-212 (Specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(x1818): 'The London Gazette', 25/07/1818, p. 1343 (thegazette.co.uk)

(**1822): 'History, Directory & Gazetteer, of the County of York', 1822, p. 34-

(*1823): 'Kent's Original London Directory', 1823

(x1825): 'Pigot & Co.'s new commercial directory of Scotland for 1825', p. 907-908 (digital.nls.uk)

(xx1840): 'The London Gazette', 09/06/1840, p. 1373

(*1841): 'The Examiner', 30/05/1841, p. 349

(**1841): 'Post Office London Directory', 1841, p. 807

(x1842): 'Robson's London Directory', 1842, p. 1598 -1599(archive.org)

(*1843): 'The Post Office London Directory', 1843

(*1845): 'The Legal Observer, Or, Journal of Jurisprudence, Volume 29, 1845, p. 175

(*1847): 'English patents', Andrew Pritchard, 1847, p. 114

(x1850): 'The London Gazette', 08/10/1850, p. 2674

(**1852): 'Post Office London Directory', 1852

(x1854): 'The Mechanics' Magazine', 1854, p. 546

(x1855): 'Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire, with Maps', 1855, p. 35

(*1861): 'Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted', 1861, p. 88

(x1861): 'The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter', 26/10/1861, p. 827

(*1862): 'International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department', 1862, p. 54

(**1863): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1863, p. 45

(**1871): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1871, p. 431

(*1872): 'Journal of the Society of Arts', Volume 20, 1872, p. 889

(*1875): 'The Commercial directory of Liverpool, and shipping guide', 1875, Aberdeen p. 434, Dewsbury p. 656, London p. 608, Coventry p. 582, Bradford p. 567

(**1882): 'Post Office London Directory', 1882, p. 412 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(**1884): 'Business Directory of London', 1884, p. 618-619 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(**1891): 'Post Office London Trades Directory', 1891, p. 480-481 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1893): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1893, p. 656-664 (Gallica)

(*1895): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1895, p. 717-718 (Gallica)

(**1896): 'Kelly's London Suburban Directory', 1896, p. 954-955 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1897): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1897, p. 834-841 (Gallica)

 

 

(**1901): 'Kelly's London Suburban Directory', 1901, p. 1050-1051 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1903): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1903, p. 1103-1110 (Gallica)

(**1904) : 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1904, p. 1129-1130 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1906): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique', 1906, p. 1091-1100 (Gallica)

(*1909): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1909, p. 1105-1113 (Gallica)

(*1910): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1910, p. 1144-1153 (Gallica)

(**1910): 'Musical Opinion and Music Trade Review', 1910, p. 59

(*1914): 'Post Office London Directory', 1914, p. 1837-1838 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1915): 'Post Office London Directory', 1915, p. 1796-1797 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1916): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1916, p. 606 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1917): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1917, p. 592-593 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1918): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1918, p. 571-572 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1919): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1919, p. 555 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1921): 'The Music Trade Directory', Volume 32, 1921

(1): 'Histoire de piano de 1700 1950', Mario Pizzi, 1983

(2): 'Makers of the Piano 1700-1820' and 'Makers of the Piano 1820-1860', Martha Novak Clinkscale, 1993

 
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