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Brand Image Info Addresses
       
WADDINGTON William Alfred  

Patent of 1854 : "W. A. Waddington, Stonegate, York —Improvements in the construction of sounding-boards for pianofortes and other like stringed instruments." The Civil engineer & architect's journal, Volume 17, 1854, p. 279

Patent of 1863 : "Waddington. 28th November 1862. - 3187. WILLIAM ALFRED WADDINGTON, of 44, Stonegate, York, Pianoforte Maker, for an invention for Improvements in machinery for cutting wood. Provisional protection only." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1863, p. 217

BRAND

BREMAR

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1835

WADDINGTON & Sons (??)

End : ca. 1912

DUBLIN - "313 Waddinqton, W. A. 43 Stonegate, York.— Oblique pianoforte." The illustrated record and descriptive catalogue of the Dublin international exhibition, 1865, p. 241

Exhibitors list Dublin, 1865

 

43, Stonegate (*1854)(*1865), 44, Stonegate (**1863), York
WADDINGTON Brothers 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893-1910 9, Woodhouse Lane (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Leeds
WADE J.  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10

 

Park Lane (*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Leeds
WADE Richard John  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1919

WADE R. (*1893)

WADE Richard John (*1917)(*1918)(*1919)

 

11, Ashdown Street, Haverstock Hill, N.W. (*1893), 82-84, Queen's Road, Burchell Road (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), 25, Wood's Road, Peckham, S.E. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
WAGELL A.  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1903-10

 

18, Bedford Place (*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Brighton
WAGSTAFF Albert  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900

 

Manchester
WAINWRIGHT George Joseph 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-93 122, Jamaica Road, S.E. (**1882), 100, Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, S.E. (**1884)(*1893), London
WAITE John & Co  

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1820-25

WAITE John & Co (*1820)

WAITE John (x1825)

 

116, Crawford Street, Marybone (*1820)(x1825), London
WAKEFIELD Richard  

Patent of 1771 : "May 2, 1771. — Richard Wakefield. Ivory and metal plectra, and wrest-pins." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 194 (archive.org)

 

 

'Musical Instrument Maker' ? ca. 1771

 

London ?
WALCOT Ernest 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-1910 34, Finchley Road, St. John's Wood, N.W. (**1882)(**1891)(*1909)(*1910), 21, Circus Road, N.W. (**1895), London
WALDECK C. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914 11, Hills Place, Oxford Street, W. (*1914), London
WALDEMAR PIANO Co (THE)  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1895

 See THE WALDEMAR PIANO Co

 London
WALDNER 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? London ?
WALES John  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1818-42

WALES John & Co (*1818)(*1820)(x1825)(**1841)(x1842)

 

41, Foley Street, Portland Place (*1818)(*1820)(*1823)(x1825)(**1841)(x1842), London
WALES Robert  

 

Upright pianoforte 'Giraffe' ca. 1820-30, Museo de Romanticismo, Madrid, Spain

"UNA-CORDA, PATENT SELF-ADJUSTING PIANO-FORTE. - R. Wales, 33, Charles-street, Hampstcad Road, near the end of Tottenham-court-road, Inventor and Manufacturer of the above unique Instrument, solicits the attention of the Musical Profession and the Public in general. The Una-Corda Piano-Forte is strung throughout with steel-wire, by which an equal temperament is preserved; and having only one string to each note, the insufferable discordance, occasioned by bad unisons, is entirely removed. It possesses a quality of tone superior in strength and sweetness to Piano-Fortes manufactured on the old principle ; it is found to stand years in tune; the strings are not liable to break, on account of their thickness and strength. Added to which, the tuning pins, being perforated strings, may be put on by the most delicate hand. R. W. manufactures also, on the lowest terms, Cabinet, Grand, and Square Piano-Fortes on the most approved principles." The Harmonicon, William Ayrton, 02/1827, p. 90

"PIANO-FORTES - NOT REQUIRING TO BE TUNED. - Grand, Cabinet, Square, and Vocalist Piano-fortes, of the Una-Corda (or Mono-chord) Patent Spring, Self-adjusting mode, may be procured at the Patentee's Manufactory,
R. WALES, 33, CHARLES STREET, Opposite the Reservoir, end of Tottenham Court Road, At Prices much below those made on the Old Construction, and will be found to stand in tune from One to Eight Years; the Inventor solicits the inspection of the Musical World, and persons about to purchase, to these highly-esteemed Piano-fortes, N.B. Old Instruments taken in Exchange." The Harmonicon, 04/1830, p. 258

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1810-43

Worked in the years 1841-43 for HEWIIT Daniel Chandler (***1843)


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"PIANO-FORTES - CONSTRUCTED SO AS TO KEEP IN TUNE FOR YEARS. R. WALES - Returns his best thanks to the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public, for the patronage he has received for many years, and begs to inform them he has opened an EXTENSIVE WAREHOUSE, No. 11, RED LION Square, HOLBORN, for the SALE of his highly-approved INSTRUMENTS, on the Patent Spring Una-Corda (or Monochord) self-adjusting principles, in Grands, Cabinets, Cottages, Vocalists, and Squares, which will be found worthy of attention. Manufactory as usual, 33, Charles Street, Hampstead Road, established 1810." The Harmonicon, William Ayrton, 06/1830, p. 267

"WALES'S NEW PATENT QUADRILATERAL GRAND PIANO-FORTE. - R. WALES, Inventor and Manufacturer of the Patent Spring Una-corda Self-adjusting Piano-forte, respectfully invites the Musical Profession, Amateurs, and the Patrons of Art in general, to the inspection of a Square Piano-forte upon an entirely novel principle, embracing all the advantages in tone and action of a Grand Piano, and obviating, by the extreme compactness and elegance of its construction, the objection to which the clumsy and unaccommodating form of the Horizontal Grand Piano-forte has hitherto been subject. R. Walks lias been for some years engaged in the construction of this Square Instrument upon the Grand principle—an object, till now, considered unattainable; and in the confident anticipation of Public Patronage, submits it to general inspection at his Ware Rooms, No. 11, Red Lion Square, Holborn." The Harmonicon, William Ayrton, 07/1830, p. 271

 

11, Red Lion Square, Holborn (1830), 33, Charles Street, Hampstead Road (x1825)(**1827)(*1830)(**1841), Gress Street Rathbone Place (***1843), London
WALKER Adam  

Patent of 1772 : "Aug. 29, 1772. — Adam Walker. The Celestina, in which the catgut strings are vibrated by circulating bands of silk, etc." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 194 (archive.org)

 

 

'Musical Instrument Maker' ? ca. 1772

 

London ?
WALKER Edward Leskey

 

Patent of 1845 : "1845. Edward Lesley Walker, of Foley Place, professor of music, for improvements in pianofortes. (Oct 10.)" Mechanics Magazine, Volume 43, 1845, p. 288

 

'Professor of music' ca. 1845 Foley Place (*1845), London
WALKER John 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1834 57, Wellington Street (x1834), Leeds
WALKER Richard Theodore 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-52

"In the Queen's prison", The Jurist, 04/10/1845, p. 398

 

2, Portsmouth Place, [Lower] Kennington Lane, Surrey (**1841)(x1842), 1, Portsmouth Place, Kennington Lane, Surrey (1845), 6, York Row, Kennington Road (**1852), London

 

WALKER Samuel Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1910 37, Lowerhead Row (*1893), 26-30, Merrion Street (*1895)(*1897)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Leeds
WALKER Samuel Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1910 92-100, Leeds Road (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Bradford
WALKER Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1787-1846  

38, Lime Street (xx1818), [47], Limestreet (*1824)(**1828), [54], Lime Street (**1829)(*1833)(**1837), 39, Renshaw Street (*1837), 21, Luece Street (*1846), Liverpool

 

WALLACE Thomas 'Gun maker and Musical Instrument-maker' ca. 1811 New Street (*1811), Wigton, Cumberland
WALLINGFORD 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900 London
WALLIS Joseph  

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1848

WALLIS Joseph (**1870)(**1882)

WALLIS Joseph & Son Ltd. (**1891)(**1895)(*1914)(*1915)

WALLIS Joseph & Sons Ltd. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919)

 

135, Euston Road, N.W. (**1870), 134-135, Euston Road, N.W. (**1882), 133-135, Euston Road, N.W. (**1891)(**1895)(*1914)(*1915), Factory : 50, Isledon Road and Thane Villas, Holloway, N. (*1914), 53b, Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, N. (*1915)(*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
WALTER Brothers Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer and pianoforte importers ca. 1884-1919 7-8, Railway Approuch, [London Bridge], S.E. (**1884)(**1891)(**1895), 897, Fulham Road, S.W. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
WALTER William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-42 119, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury (**1841)(x1842), London
WALTER William  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852-1910

WALTER William Junior (**1852)(**1882)(**1884)

Exhibition List London, 1872

 

29, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, W. (**1852), 70, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, W. (**1870)(**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1893)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
WALTON Emanuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1837 South Parade (*1837), Leeds
WALTON Humphrey

 

Patent of 1787 : "May 25, 1787. — Humphrey Walton, (1) Pedal for causing the grand hammer to strike one, two, or three strings ; the hammers striking perpendicular hammers which strike the wires. ... (2) The touch is regulated according to the fancy of the player, from the deepest to the most delicate [by] a regulating touch frame, inserted between the balance rail and the back rail of the key-frame." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 195 (archive.org)

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1787 London
WALTON Samuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1834 13, Park Row (x1834), Leeds
WANSELL James 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-43 20, Howland Street, Fitzroy Square (**1841)(*1843), London
WARBOYS Thomas George 'Pianoforte-maker' and pianoforte dealer ca. 1874-1919 Stroud Green Road, N. (**1874), 5, Athelstane ter, Stroud gn.  (*1893), 69, Stroud Green Road, N. (*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
WARD Henry

 

Upright pianoforte ca. 1865 , Thomas Winter, San Francisco, California, U.S.

 

LONDON - "8446 Ward, H. 100, Gt. Russell - St. Bloomsbury. — Piano." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

LONDON - ""Ward, Henry, 100 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, W. C. - Pianofortes of improved construction , iron framed, vertical and overstrung, grand cottages and pianettes." Official Catalogue, 1885, p. 317

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1849

End : ca. 1941

Exhibitors List London, 1862 | Exhibition List London, 1872 | Exhibition List London, 1885

 

70, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C. (**1852), 100, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C. (*1862)(**1882)(**1884)(*1885)(**1891)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903), Miller Street, Camden Town, N.W. (**1891)(**1895), 60, Arlington Road, Camden Town, N.W. (**1882)(**1884), 44, Arlington Road, N.W. (**1891)(**1895)(*1906)(*1909), London
WARD John Charles  

PARIS - "Ward, John Charles; Inventeur; The Retreat, 24, Maverstock Hill, London. Pianos brevetés, nouveau système et de nouvelle disposition intérieurement et extérieurement." Catalogue officiel de la section anglaise, 1878, p. 67 (archive.org)

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1878

Exhibitors List Paris, 1878

 

The Retreat, 24, Maverstock Hill (**1878), London
WARD Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895

Manager director of the LONDON MUSIC PUBLISHING Co

7, Great Marlborugh Street, W. (**1891)(**1895), London
WAREHAM Laurence  

'Pianoforte-maker' and pianoforte-silker ca. 1841-52

WAREHAM Jane (**1852) 'Pianoforte-silker'

 

18, Upper Rathbone Place (**1841)(x1842), 39, Upper Rathbone Place (**1852), London
WARNE George Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1842 Prince's Street (*1842), Norwich
WARNE J. C. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15 142, Wardour Street, W.  (*1914)(*1915), London
WARNE Reuben Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1842 Corner of Little London, Pottergate Street (*1842), Norwich
WARNE W. W. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901-10 216, Selhurst Road, S.N. (**1901)(*1909)(*1910), London
WARNER Thomas Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1891 67, Camberwell Road, S.E. (**1891), London
WARREL & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1815 London
WARREN, ELLETT & Co 'Pianoforte-manufacturers' ca. 1852

See also ELLETT

5 & 7, Hoxton Old tn. (**1852), London
WARREN George 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-52 [Belgrave Place], Wandsworth Road (**1841)(x1842), 23, Chichester Place, Wandsworth Road (**1852), London
WARREN James

 

 

 

1848 - "Court for relief of insolvent debtors. [...] On Thursday the 10th February 1848, at Ten o'Clock precisely, before the Chief Commissioner [...] James Warren, late of No. 20, Windsor-street, City-road, Saint Leonard's, Shoreditch, Middlesex, and previously of No. 22, Windsor-street aforesaid, Piano Forte Maker." The London Gazette for the year 1848, p. 276

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1848 London
WARREN John

 

 

Image of a pianoforte in an advertisement in 1847, The Musical World, Volume 22, 1847, p. 402

 

"Warren's 20 Guinea Cottage Piano-Fortes. - ARE NOW SELLING AT THE Manufactory, 71, Leadenhall Street - (Removed from 1 and 2, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate Street.) - These Instruments are well manufactured of the best seasoned wood, FINE FULL TONE AND GOOD TOUCH. A two vears warranty given with each instrument. ESTABLISHED TWENTY-ONE YEARS. The only house in London where a good sound instrument can be obtained at the above low price, (for cash only). SMALL PROFIT AND QUICK RETURNS ! JOHN WARREN, 71, Leadenhall St., opposite Aldeate Pomp." The Musical World, Volume 22, 1847, p. 402

"Cheap Pianoforte.—Cheapness is extending, like a new sunrise, over all the branches of the arts cud sciences. We paid a visit, last week, to Warren's Pianoforte Manufactory, Leadenhall Street, and were much surprised to find a capital new instrument, purchaseable at twenty guineas. We also saw some Piccolos, very superiorly made, at eighteen guineas. This is cheapness with a vengeance, and must ensure an extraordinary sale. We should like to know whence Mr. Warren's profits can come. Pianofortes new, and really good, at the above prices, is a type of the present antimonopolizing times, when men will sacrifice themselves to outdo their neighbours. We hope Mr. Warren does make a profit." The Musical World, 29/05/1847, p. 352

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1826-47

1842 -  "Insolvent debtors [...] John Warren, formerly of Bishopsgate-street Within, then of Liverpool-street, Bishopsgate-street Without, London, carrying on business at White's-row, Spitalfields, Middlesex, then of Lewisham-hill, Greenwich, Kent, afterwards of Mare-street, Hackney, then of Church-street, Edmonton, both in Middlesex, carrying on business at Liverpool-street, Bishopsgate-street Without, and also at White's-row, Spitalfields aforesaid, then of Liverpoolstreet, Bishopsgate-street, London aforesaid, afterwards of Grosvenor-place, Camberwell New-road, carrying on business at Bridge-house-place, Newington-causeway, and at Rockingham-house, New Kent-road, and lastly of No. 12, Grosvenor-place, Cannberwell New-road aforesaid, all in Surrey, Piano Forte Maker." The London Gazette, 28/10/1842, p. 2996

"John Warren, late of No. 12, Grosvenor-place, Camberwell, New-road, Surrey, Piano Forte Maker. - In the Debtors Prison for London and Middlesex." The London Gazette, 09/08/1842, p. 2180

1, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate Street (**1841)(x1842),  52, Bridge House Place, Newington causaway (x1842), Rockingham House, New Kent Road (x1842), 1-2, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate Street (before 1847), 71, Leadenhall Street, opposite Aldeate Pomp (*1847), London
WARREN John  

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1865 4, Windmill Street (xx1865), Gravesend, Kent
WARREN M. A.  

IMAGE

Image of a patent of a piano with a monitor

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1840 London
WARSCHAUWER Sidney 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15 52a, Bow Lane, E.C. (*1914)(*1915), London
WARTH Johan 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1700 London
WARWICK Joseph  

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1882-97

WARWICK Joseph & Son (**1882)(**1891)

WARWICK Brothers (*1895)(**1895)(*1897)

WARWICK PIANO Co (*1897), established by T. J. HICKLEY & Son

 

Alpha Place, Caledonian Road, N. (**1882), 10a, Caledonian Street, York Road, N. (**1891)(**1895), 10, Alpha Place, Caledonian Road, N. (*1895)(*1897), London
WATKINS Thomas & George 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1906 3; The Grange, Parkhill Road, Haverstock Hill, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), London
WATLIN Alexander Ramsey  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1837

WATLEN & CHALLEN (***1837)

1837 - "Notice is hereby given, that the Copartnership carried on between us the undersigned, Alexander Ramsay WATLEN and William CHALLEN, Piano Forte, Manufacturers, at Great Titchfield Street, on the county of Middlesex, under the name and firm of Watlen and Challen, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All persons having any claims or demands upon the said copartnership are requested forthwith to send the particulars of such accounts to the said William Challen, in order that the same may be examined and discharged ; and all persons who stand indebted to the said copartnership are desired to pay their respective debts, when due, to the said William Challen, who is authorised to receive the same, and by whom the said business will continue to be carried on.Dated the 13th day of June 1837." The London Gazette, 16/06/1837, p. 1537, see also William CHALLEN

 

Great Titchfield Street, Middlesex (***1837), London
WATLIN John
| WATLEN

 

Square pianoforte ca. 1814-15, Bartoccini Collection, Italy

SEE ALSO ...

... a JOHN WATLEN in Edinburgh in 1794

 

 

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1814-30

'Organ-manufactory' (*1814), 'Pianoforte-maker' (*1816)(*1818), 'Pianoforte Manufactory' (**1827)

Bankrupt in 1827, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 22, 1827, p. 262 or "Watlen John, Leicester place, Leicester square, pianoforte manuf., May 25, 1827." The Bankrupt Directory: Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts, with ..., George Elwick, 1843, p. 433 and see also The London Gazette, 1827, p. 1001

WATLEN John and Alexander Ramsay WATLIN (**1830)

1829-30 -"Partnerships dissolved, Gazette January 1, 1830 [...] WATLEN John, and Alexander Ramsay Watlen, No. 28, Leicestersquare, piano-forte maker Dec. 24, 1829." The Law Advertiser, Volume 8, 1830, p. 34 - "December 24, 1829. OHN WATLEN and Alexander Ramsay Watlen, PianoForte-Makers, No. 28, Leicester-Square, do hereby give notice, that by mutual consent, they have this day dissolved their Partnership. John Watlen. - Alexander Ramsay Watlen." The London Gazette, 01/01/1830, p. 9 - See Alexander Ramsey WATLEN here above.

 

5, Leicester Place, Leicester Square (*1814)(*1816)(*1817)(*1818), 13, Leicester Place, Leicester Square (*1820)(*1823)(x1825)(*1827), 28, Leicester Square (**1830), London
WATSON John 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-42 28, Dover Place, New Kent Road (**1841)(x1842), London
WATSON Samuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-95 62, Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, S.E. (**1882)(**1891)(**1895), London
WATTS George 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1825 52, Queen Street, Bryan Street Square (x1825), London
WATTS & Sons  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900-10

 

1, St. Michael Park (*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Bristol
WATTS Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882 17, River Street, Pentonville, E.C. (**1882), London
WATTS William Shepherd 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15 23, Piercefield Street, Haverstock, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), London
WAY George Edgar  

Patent of 1864-65 : "A.D. 1865, June 15. — N° 1623. Way, George Edgar. — (A communication from Maurice Vergnes.) —  Improvements in the manufacture of pianofortes. These improvements have reference to two former inventions, for which see Abridgments dated respectively April 20th, 1864, No. 992, and July 4th, 1864, No. 1662 : By the present improvements a good length of string is obtained for square pianofortes, while the width of the case is little more than the length of the key-board; a good repetition action is also secured, and a simple means of adjusting the touch is provided. The strings are carried by an open rectangular metal frame, in which the wrest planks are fixed. Beneath the frame is the sound board of a rectangular form to fill the space enclosed by the case or nearly so. The bridge for the middle and treble strings extends in a curved line from the further left-hand corner of the sound board to the right-hand side of the instrument near the treble wrest plank, and the lower bass strings cross the other strings at a sufficient height to be clear of the bridge;

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ? ca. 1864-65


(continuation)

they pass from the near left corner of the frame to a short bridge at the further right corner of the frame and thence to a wrest plank. In the improved action, the hammer is held up by a spring connected to the butt, and when at its highest position it bears against the under side of the key; it is acted on by a hopper which is jointed to a piece fixed to the under side of the key. This piece carries also a bracket, which serves as a guide for a screw pin and adjusting button projecting horizontally from the back of the hopper. Projecting from the back rail is a bracket, to which is jointed a padded back check held in a perpendicular position by a small spring; an arm of the check carries a screw pin, at the upper end of which is a button coming into contact with a pad on the under side of the key. In order to lift the key to its normal position its rear end is connected by a cord to a metal spring mounted on the back rail." Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications Relating to Paints ..., 1871, p. 447

 

London ??
WEBB Alfred  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1884

Successor to F. J. UPJOHN

 

5, Chesterfield Street (**1884), Weymouth
WEBB Alfred  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1884

 

High Street (**1884), at Weymouth (**1884), Poole, Dorset
WEBB Charles John    

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852

 

142, Leadenhall Street (**1852), London
WEBB George & Alfred    

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884-1901

 

 

99, North End, Croydon (**1884)77, George Street (**1884), 19, North End, Croydon (**1896)(**1901), Priddy's Yard, Croydon (**1896), London

 

WEBB Samuel Henry  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer and Music Publisher ca. 1852

 

33, Soho Square (**1852), 15, Southampton Street, Strand (**1852), London
WEBBER R. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842 39, Drummond Street, Euston Square (x1842), London
WEBBER Richard 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842 45, Whittlebury Street, Euston Square (x1842), London
WEBER Ferdinand  

Harpsichord ca. 1746, The Cobbe Piano Collection, Surrey, England, U.K.

 

 

'Harpsichord-maker' ca. 1746

SEE ALSO ...

WEBER Ferdinand in Dublin, Ireland

 

London

Dublin, Ireland

WEBER  

 

 

BRAND

American branch of a brand made by THE AEOLIAN COMPAGNY, in Hayes, Middlesex

 

London
WEBLEY Alexander    

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1800

 

London
WEEKES & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 14, Hanover Street, Regent Street, W. (*1906)(*1910), London
WEEKLEY Arthur 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1896-1918  

57, South Street, Greenwich, S.E. (**1896)(**1901), 67, South Street, Greenwich, S.E. (**1904), 147, Greenwich Road, S.E. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918), London

 

WELLER & Co  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. ??

Successor of BLAND Anne & WELLER E. since ca. 1820

 

London
WELLS George  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1895

 

94, Hackney Road, N.E. (**1895), London
WELMAR  

BRAND

Pianos made by WHELPDALE, MAXWELL & CODD (1934), on this page.

Pianos made by BRITISH PIANOMANUFACTURING & Co - STROUD (2000)

End : ca. 2003

 

London
WELPALE  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1876-1900

 

London
WENTWORTH Justin  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer  ca. 1914-15

 

29, Gibson Square, N. (*1914(*1915)), London
WERNAM William George 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893-1919  

65, Harmood Street, Kentish Town (*1895)(**1895), 65, Shaftsbury Street, New Northard (*1893)(*1897), [51a], Grayling Road, Stoke Newington, N. (**1904)(*1906)(*1909), 65, Harwood Street (*1910), 49b, Grayling Road, Stoke Newington, N. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London

 

WESSON Daniel  

Patent of 1860 : "Wesson. 10th February 1860. - 366. Daniel Wesson, of No. 7, Granby Street, Hampstead Road, in the County of Middlesex, Pianoforte Manufacturer, for an invention for Improvements in the manufacture of piano-fortes, ... Provisional protection only.
Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1861, p. 27

 

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1860 7, Granby Street, Hampstead Road (*1861), Middlesex, London
WESTERN Thomas  

Square pianoforte from before 1794, Metropoltian Museum of Art, New York, U.S.
Square pianoforte ca. 1797-99, Streling Graydon, Beaufort, S.C., U.S.

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1790-1819

Moved to the U.S. in 1794. (2)

London
WEST GREEN PIANO WORKS 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? London
WESTON John  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1871

ROGERS David & WESTON John (**1871) - see also ROGERS David

 

32a, William Street, N.W (**1871), London
WESTON S. & Co  

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15

 

73, Maiden road, S.W. (*1914)(*1915), London
WHEATLAND Edwin & Sons 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1864 413, 415 & 417, Harrow Road, W. (*1914), London
WHEATLEY Kirk  

Patent of 1836 : "May 14, 1836. — Wheatley Kirk. Double soundingboard and complete metallic framing or support." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 205 (archive.org)

  

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1836-37

Bankrupt on 13th June 1837, The Bankrupt Directory; Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts from ..., 1843, p. 243

"Kirk Wheatley, vict. Harrison's Arms, Harrison st. and patent piano forte manufacturer, Little Woodhouse." History, gazetteer, and directory, of the west-riding of Yorkshire, with the ..., 1837, p. 578

 

26, Commercial Street (x1834), [Little] Woodhouse Lane (*1837)(x1837), Leeds, Yorkshire
WHEATSTONE Charles

"Wheatstone's Ten Guinea Harmonium, manufactured expressly for churches, chapels, schools, &c., is made on a greatly-Improved construction, combines all the latest Improvements, and is manufactured solely by them. It has the compass of five octaves, an expression stop, and possesses a powerful rich quality of tone, answers with the greatest rapidity to the touch, and can be produced loud or soft at pleasure. It has a substantial oak case, can be warranted in every respect, and is indispensable to the school-room, singing-class, etc. The Ten Guinea Harmonium will be taken in exchange for any more expensive ones at full price if required. The more expensive Harmoniums, with from three to ten stops, range from 16 to 30 guineas. They are equally adapted to the church or drawing-room. For the former, it will be found most valuable, and in many respects preferable to the organ. Messrs. WHEATSTONE obtained the only Great Exhibition Prize for Harmoniums in 1851.The MECHANICAL and FINGER HARMONIUM, which can be used mechanically or not, without any preparation. This is a perfectly new invention of Messrs. Wheatstone and Co., and can be aeen only at their warerooms. This instrument will be found to be particularly useful when the Harmonium performer cannot always attend. The PIANO HARMONIUM is made expressly for playing by the same performer with tho Pianoforte. Price Twelve Guineas. Messrs. WHEATSTONE and CO., have Just received a large assortment of the ALEXANDRE HARMONIUM, for which Messrs. Alexandre et Flls received the French medal of honour. Including the different Instruments with and without the percussion action, and that with the expression a la main, at reduced prices. These Harmoniums have been brought to the greatest perfection, and are equally adapted as an accompaniment to the voice or pianoforte, and have been pronounced the best by Adam, Auber, Liszt, Rossini, Thalberg. &c. Also the SIX GUINEA HARMONIUM, or rather Seraphlne, with 4 octaves, suitable for Sunday-schools and small Binging-classes. WHEATSTONE and CO., 20, Conduit-street, Regent-street, London." Journal of the Society of Arts, Volume 5, 1857, p. 284

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ? and publishers ca. 1836-59

WHEATSTONE & Co (*1857)

Patent of 1836 : "July 27, 1836. — Charles Wheatstone. Continuous sounds produced from pianoforte strings or springs, by means of currents of air which pass through apertures slightly wider than the body the air vibrates." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 205 (archive.org) - or - "A.D. 1836, July 27. — N° 7164. WHEATSTONE, Charles, and GREEN, John. — A new method or methods of forming musical instruments in which "continuous sounds are produced from strings, wires, or springs.
1. In this method of forming musical instruments continuous sounds are produced from strings, wires, or springs (stretched between fixed supports at their ends) "by means of a current of "air, which is directed upon a limited portion of the vibrating "length of the particular string, wire, or spring from which "continuous sound is for the time being required to be produced." By continuous sounds are meant those sounds which may be continued "so long as the exciting cause is applied, as those of "the organ or violin, in contradistinction to abrupt and evanescent "sounds, as those of the pianoforte or harp." The aforesaid portion of the vibrating length of the string, wire, or spring must be adapted or adjusted "to a slit or linear aperture through "which the current of air passes, and the width of which must "be a little greater than the diameter of the said string, wire, "or spring." Various methods of producing these sounds are described.
2. A method whereby a hammer "such as is used in piano "fortes" is caused to strike each string, wire, or spring at the same instant that the valve is opened to act upon the same.
3. A method whereby continuous sounds corresponding to different notes of the musical scale are produced from the same string, wire, or spring by means of a current of air.
4. A method whereby in addition to 3, the same pressure of the finger (with or without the intervention of a stop), which causes the vibrating length of such string, &c. to be shortened, also causes a simultaneous opening of the valve, by which the wind is allowed to act on the string, &c.
5. A method wherein the wind chest is divided by a partition into two compartments, each furnished with valves so arranged in respect to the bellows, that the current or currents of air by which continuous sounds are to be produced is always forced in the same direction through each aperture to which a string, &c. is adjusted, as well when the bellows is in the act of being drawn out as when it is being pressed in.
" Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications Relating to Paints, 1871, p. 123

20, Conduit Street, Regent Street (*1830)(*1857), London
WHEATSTONE William

Patent of 1824 : "LXVII.—Specification of the Patent granted to William Wheatstone, of Jermyn Street, in the Parish of St. James, Westminster, in the County of Middlesex, Musicseller, for a method of improving and augmenting the tones of Piano-Fortes, Organs, and Euphonons.—Dated July 29, 1824. [...][...]" - Read more about this in : The Technical repository, by T. Gill, Volume 6, 1824, p. 216+290-291 

 

'Music-seller' ca. 1825


(continuation)

Patent of 1825 : "To WILLIAM WHEATSTONE, of Jermyn-street, St. James's, in the County of Middlesex, Music-seller, for his Invention of a Method of Improving and Augmenting the Tones of Piano-Fortes, Organs, Euphonons, and other Musical Instruments." Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 9, 1825, p. 307

 

118, Jermyn Street, St. James's, Westminster, Middlesex (*1824)(*1825), London
WHEELER Timothy 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 h. Hudson (*1874), Woburn
WHEELER & KELLAWAY 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1895 13, Berners Street, W. (**1895), London
WHELPDALE

 

BRANDS

BENTLEY
BRAODWOOD
DE BLAISE W.
HOPKINSON
KNIGHT
LIPP Rich.
MARSHALL Herbert
MARSHALL & ROSE
STEINBERG G.
STROUD
WELMAR, on ths page
WOODCHESTER, on this page
ZENDER

 
 

'Pianoforte-manufacturers' since 1876

WHELPDALE, MAXWELL & CODD (??)

Fusion with WOODCHESTER PIANOS, STROUD in 2000 under the name BRITISH PIANO MANUFACTURING COMPAGNY in Stroud.

End : ca. 2003

 

154, Clapham Park Road (1876), Crown Place, N.W. (*1903)(*1909), 8, Berckley Square (??), London

Woodchester, Stroud

WHILLIER H. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900 Ipswick
WHITAKER John & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1825 75, St. Paul's Church Yard (x1825), London
WHITE A. S. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1904-18  

[48a], Broughton Road, Stoe Newington, N. (**1904)(*1910), 29a, Dumont Road, Stoke Newington, N. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918), London

 

WHITE, BROADWOOD & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1879 London Place, London Fields, N.E. (*1914)(*1915), London
WHITE Brothers Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 122, Mile End Road, E. (*1906)(*1910), London
WHITE George Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1904-10 86, Brixton Road, S.W. (**1904), 27, High Street, Kensington (*1906)(*1910), London
WHITE George 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 13, Ipswich Road, Dalston, E. (**1874), London
WHITE & HICKS 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895-1910 Birkbeck Road, Kingsland (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
WHITE J. B. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893-1906 Helmsley Street, Mare Street, Hackney (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906), London
WHITE James Henry 'Pianoforte-maker and tuner' ca. 1836-42 5, Exchange Street (xx1836), Post Office Street (xx1836)(*1839)(*1842), Norwich
WHITE T. 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1895 London
WHITEHEAD Brothers 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? Manchester
WHITELEY William  

PARIS - "Spéimens d'un nouvel instrument de musique à cordes brevets dit "Harmonic Angelute," ayant le clavier d'un "concertina" anglais, la forme d'une harpe et les cordes d'un piano ; fabriqueé par William Whiteley, Westbourne Grove, London." Catalogue officiel de la section anglaise, 1878, p. 67 (archive.org)

 
'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1878-1910

Exhibitors list Paris, 1878

 

147-159, Queen's Road, W. (**1882)(**1891)(**1895), 31-55 & 61,Westbourne Grove, W. (**1878)(**1882)(**1891)(**1895), 127, Queen's Road, W. (**1884), Westbourne Grove, W. (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London

WHITELOCK W. M. R. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1909 58, Boar Lane (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1906)(*1909), Leeds
WHITFIELDS 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900 Huddersfield, Heckmondwike
WHITLOCK Gilbert A.  

 

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900

BRAND

SUPERTONE PIANOS

London

Northampton

WHITTINGHAM W. G. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893-1910

WHITTINGHAM W. G. & CO (**1896)(**1901)(*1909)

 

[5], Queens Road [Parade], Lavender Hill, S.W. (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903), Bendon Valley Wandworths (*1906)(*1909), 240, Lavender Hill, S.W. (**1901), Clapham Junet (*1910), London

 

WHITTON & WHITTON 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 Regent's Row (**1874), Queen's Road, Dalston, E. (**1874), London
WHOMES Edmund Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901 240-242, Broadway, Bexley Heath (**1901), London
WICKING Benjamin 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842-48 48, Kingsland Road (x1842)(*1843), London
WICKING William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852-93 Holly Street, Dalston (**1852), 98, Holly Street, Dalston, E. (**1874)(*1893), 190, Walworth Road, S.E. (**1884), London
WICKINS & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 41, New Bond Street, W. (*1906)(*1910), London
WIGGETT William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1860-75

Bankrupt in 1869, The Weekly Notes, Volume 10, 1875, p. 433

Hungerford Road, Holloway (**1875), London
WIGLEY Charles 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1822 84, Strand (**1822), London
WILCOCKE Henry  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1852

 

17, Bridge Road, Lambeth (**1852), London
WILCOCKE Henry Ray  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer and professor of Music & dancing ca. 1852

 

13, Newington causeway (**1852), London
WILCOCKS William John
| WILLCOCKS
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-1909

WILCOCKS William John (**1882)

WILCOCKS Mrs. Anne Maria (**1891)

WILCOCKS William (**1893)

WILCOCKS & Co (*1906)(*1910)

WILCOCKS W. J. (*1909)

 

55, Barnsbury Road, N. (**1882)(**1891), 55, 70 & 108, Barnsbury Road, N. (**1884), 55-70, Barnsbury Road, N. (*1893), 21a, Berners Street, W. (*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Mousell Road (*1910), London
WILD Leonard Mansell Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1914-15 209, Ball's Pond Road, N. (*1914)(*1915), London
WILD Samuel Chappell 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882 1a, Glo'ster Street, Camden Town, N.W. (**1882), London
WILDE Brothers Stores Ltd. Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1914 32-34, Theobald's Road, W.C. (*1914), London
WILDE W. H. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1903-10 44, Infirsnirary Road (*1903)(*1906)(*1910), Sheffield
WILKIE James 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842 67, Warren Street Fitzroy Square (x1842), London
WILKIE William Henry 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852 6, Edward Street, Hamstead Road (**1852), London
WILKINSON Charles  

'Pianoforte-maker' and music publisher ca. 1784

Father of George WILKINSON, here below

WRIGHT & WILKINSON (1784)

"Before 1784, Messrs. Wright & Wilkinson were established at 13, Catherine Street, and re-printing Handel's works from Walsh's plates. In 1789, Hermond or Harman Wright was here alone until at least 1799]; in 1802 he had vacated the old place and gone to the Strand." British music publishers, printers and engravers: London, Provincial, Scottish, and Irish, 1900, p. 108 (archive.org)

 

13, Catherine Street (1784), London
WILKINSON George

(1783 - 1855)

 

 

Square pianoforte ca. 1811-13 of WILKINSON & WORNUM, hammerfluegel.info

 

WILKINSON & WORNUM

Upright pianoforte ca. 1812-13, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Square pianoforte ca. 1811-13, hammerfluegel.info

WILKINSON George

Grand pianoforte ca. 1830, hammerfluegel.info

 

"G. WILKINSON, PIANO-FORTE MAKER, Begs to acquaint the Nobility and Gentry, and his Friends in general, that, in consequence of the Lease of his Premises in Oxford Street having expired, he has removed to No. 12, PERCY 8TREET, BEDFORD Square, where he solicits a continuance of the kind support he has already experienced, and which he gratefully acknowledges. 12, Percy Street, Bedford Square, May 24th., 1830." The Harmonicon, Volumes 4-10, William Ayrton, 06/1830, p. 267

"GEORGE WILKINSON - Begs to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry, and his Friends, that since his Removal from Oxford Street to No. 12, PERCY STREET, he has manufactured an Extensive and Elegant Stock of CABINET, COTTAGE, and SQUARE PIANOFORTES, in doing which, he has paid particular attention, and fully succeeded in the security of those intended for Tropical Climates, on Principles equally applicable to counteract 1 liechanges of our own. G. W. continues to Let Superior Piano-fortes on Hire." The Harmonicon, Volumes 4-10, August 1830, p. 275

INFO EXTRA

WILKINSON on Wikipedia

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' and music publisher ca. 1799-1830

WILKINSON & BRODERIP (1798)

"Broderip & Wilkinson. Broderip, who was without doubt Robert Broderip, the musician, organist at Bristol, and son of John Broderip, of Wells, had been partner in the great firm of Longman and Broderip, which came to grief some time about 1798. This firm had two places of business, one at 26, Cheapside, and the other at 13, Haymarket. Longman founded another business at the Cheapside address, while Broderip entering into partnership with Wilkinson took over the Haymarket premises. Broderip and Wilkinson are first-named in the Directory for 1799 and retain a place till 1808. In 1809, the firm is set down as Wilkinson & Co., and it seems evident that Broderip was dead; after 1810 this disappears. The following extract (kindly forwarded by Mr. F. G. Edwards) from the "Morning Chronicle," of January 11th, 1811, proves that Wilkinson & Co. did not remain long in existence after the death of Broderip, and also shows what became of the stock and plates: — "T. Preston, 97, Strand, acquaints amateurs, etc., that he has just purchased the entire stock, etc, of Wilkinson & Co., late Broderip & Wilkinson, of the Hay-market."
Robert Broderip, born at Wells in 1750, died May 14th, 1808, at Bristol, the year which tallies with the absence of the name from the music firm, affording considerable confirmation that he was the senior partner in it.
Broderip & Wilkinson did not hold a very large business, publishing principally sheet music, with an occasional tutor for the harpsichord, violoncello, etc. One piece of sheet music is a rondo on the air, "If a body meet a body," by Robert Broderip, and some glees taken from Scott's poetry, by Dr. Clarke, of Cambridge, are among music issued by "Wilkinson & Co., late Broderip & Wilkinson." British music publishers, printers and engravers: London, Provincial, Scottish, and Irish, 1900, p. 18-19 (archive.org)
- see also WRIGHT Hermond on this page

WILKINSON & WORNUM (1811-13)(1), see also WORNUM, here below

1813 - "Notice is hereby given, that the partnership carried on between us the undersigned George Wilkinson and Robert Wornum, in the trade or bussiness of Piano-Forte-Manufacturers, at No. 315, Oxford Street, and 11, Princes-Street, Hanover-Square, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. - Witness our hands this day 3d day of march 1813. George Wilkinson. R. Wornum." The London Gazette, 09/03/1813, p. 489

BRODERIP & WILKINSON (*1799), see also BRODERIP

WILKINSON George (*1816)(*1817)(*1820)(*1830)

 

13, Hay-Market (*1799), 315, Oxford Street (*1816)(*1817)(*1820)(**1822)(***1824)(x1825), 12, Percy Street, Bedford Square (*1830), London
WILKINSON H. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1904 12, Hazellville Road, Hornsey Rise, N. (**1904), London
WILLCOCKS Alfred G. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1870 9, Camden Street (**1870), 10 a, St. James Street, Islington, N. (**1870), London
WILLCOCKS & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' since 1906 London
WILLCOCKS & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1904 37, Monsell road, Finsbury Park, N. (**1904), London
WILLCOCKS Charles James 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895 133, Barnsbury Road, N. (**1895), London
WILLERINGHOUSE & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer and importers of pianofortes (IBACH) ca. 1891 13, Hamsell Street, E.C. (**1891), London
WILLIAMS B. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 20, Nassau Street, W. (*1906), Goode Street (*1910), London
WILLIAMS & Co Pianoforte-makers and/or piano dealers ca. 1909 Electric Avenue, S.W. (*1909), London
WILLIAMS & HARNETT 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1895-1910 Carlow Street, Arlington Road (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
WILLIAMS John  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1838

1838 - "Insolvent Debtors [...] John Williams, formerly of No. 14, Michael's-place, Brompton, Journeyman Piano-Forte-Maker and Ship. Builder. No. 14, Michael's place, Brompton aforesaid, and at the time of No. 2. Grove-Place, Brompton, and afterwards No. 2 Grove-place, Brompton aforesaid, all in Middlesex, Piano-Forte-Maker." The London Gazette, 1838, p. 1552-1553

2 Grove Place, Brompton, Middlesex (**1838), London
WILLIAMS Joseph Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 32, Great Portland Street, W. (*1906)(*1910), London
WILLIAMS N. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1836 28, Redcliff Crescent (x1836), Bristol
WILLIAMS Richard  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1818-29

Bankrupt on 13 january 1829, The Bankrupt Directory: Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts, with ..., George Elwick, 1843, p. 450 - and - Colburn's New Monthly Magazine, 01/02/1829, p. 88

18, Upper Crown Street, Westminster (**1818), 3, Upper Crown Street, Westminster (*1818), 90, Great Surrey Street, Blackfriars (1829), London
WILLIAMS Robert Frederick 'Pianoforte-maker ' ca. 1895-1910 10, King's Road, St. Pancras, N.W. (**1895), 12, Carlow Street (*1910), London
WILLIAMS William  

Patent of 1862 : "Williams. 13th February 1862. - 379. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, of Bath, in the County of Somerset, Pianoforte Maker, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1863, p. 28

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1862  Bath, Somerset
WILLIAMS William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-43 7, North Street, John Street , Fitzroy Square (**1841)(*1843), London
WILLIAMS W. E. Ltd. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1901-19  

9, Victoria Parade, Balharn Hill, S.W. (**1901)(**1904), 13-15, Electric Avenue, Brixton, S.W. (**1901)(**1904)(*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London

 

WILLIS Isaac  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1815-50

WILLIS Isaac & Co (1849-50)

 See also WILLIS Isaac in Dublin, Ireland

 

 75, Lower Grosvenor Street, Bond Street (x1842)(1842-50), London
WILLIS John  

"WILLIS and CO. have the honour of informing the Nobility, Gentry, and Public, that their Rooms are constantly supplied with a splendid assortment of PIANO-FORTES, HARPS, &c, which they offer for Sale at the lowest Manufacturers' Prices. They have just received a fresh assortment of their PATENT BAR FOLIOS, for holding Music, &c, on a new and extremely simple construction, which secures the contents as firmly as if bound.
A great Variety of FOREIGN GUITARS, at all Prices. PIANO-FORTES LENT ON HIRE." The Harmonicon, Volumes 4-10, 01/1829, p. 200

 

 

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer and publishers ca. 1822-30

WILLIS & Co (1829)


(continuation)

"Published by Willis & Co., Royal Musical Repository, 55, St. James's Street, London; and 7, Westmoreland Street, Dublin; where may be found every variety of Grand, Cabinet, Cottage, Square, and Circular Pianofortes, Harps, &c. by the most eminent makers, at the lowest manufacturers' prices." The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, 1830, p. 22

 

 3, Angel Court, opposite Somerset House (**1822), 55, St. James's Street (x1830),  London

65, St. James's Street (opposite Jermyn Street (x1826), 7, Westmoreland Street (x1826)(x1830), Dublin, Ireland

WILLIS T. R. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884 29, Minories (**1884), London
WILSON A. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893 169-171, West Street (*1893), Sheffield
WILSON A., PECK & Co
| BECK
Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1895-1910 31, Fargate (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906), 2-6, Pinstone Street (*1903)(*1906)(*1910), Sheffield, Nottingham
WILSON E. F. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-97 134, Town Street, Stanningelay (*1893), 19, Hilary Street (*1895)(*1897), Leeds
WILSON Henry Swindon  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1853

Witness in a court 1853, Proceedings of the Central Criminal Court, 4th April 1853, p. 53

 

2, Henry-street, Cumberland-market (18??), 16, Gloucester-place (18??), London
WILSON James Andrew Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901-04 22, High Steet, Putney, S.W. (**1901)(**1904), London
WILSON A., PECK & Co Ltd.  

 

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1920  

Nottingham

Sheffield

 

WILSON Stanley & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1890 Westbourne Park (?), London
WILSON William 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1808-28, 'Pianoforte-manufacturer' (**1828) Newbrough Street (*1808), Longroom Street (**1828),  Scarborough, Yorkshire
WINDOVER  

BRAND

Pianos made by BRITISH PIANO MANUFACTURING

End : ca. 1956

 

London
WINDUS James

 

"WINDUS, J., Pianoforte Maker, Selecter, and Tuner, 43, London-street, Fitzroy-square." The British Colonies : their history, extent, condition and resources, 1851, p. 12 (archive.org)

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1851-95

WINDUS James & Co (**1882)(**1891)(**1895)

Exhibitors list London, 1872

 

43, London Street, Fitzroy Square (y1851)(**1852)(y1854)(y1857), 120, Great Portland Street, W. (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1893)(**1895), Langham Works, Gosfield Street, W. (**1891), 32, Great Titchfield Street, W. (**1882)(**1884)(*1893), London
WINGET William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841 63, John Street, Fitzroy Square (**1841), London
WISHER John & Son

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1900

 Established in 1822

7, London Road (?), Derby
WISSNER Conrad  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882

 

11, Howland Street, Fitzroy Square, W. (**1882), London
WITNEY M. A.   'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1915 12, Percy Street, W. (*1915), London
WITKOWSKI Max Arthur   Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1914-15 32, Newman Street, W. (*1914), 2, Percy Street, W. (*1915), London
WITTON David J.    

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884-95

'late FROOMS & Co' (**1884), see FROOMS

 239, Commercial Road, East, E. (**1884)(*1890)(**1891)(**1895), London
WITTON David Samuel  

Patent of 1858 : "1564. David Samuel WITTON, of 30, Tibberton Square, Lower Road, Islington, in the County of Middlesex, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes. Provisional protection only." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1859, p. 99

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1857  30, Tibberton Square, Lower Road, Islington, Middlesex (*1859), London
WITTON R. & WITTON  

 

 

'Pianoforte-makers' since 1838

WITTON & WITTON (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)

WITTON, WITTON & Co (**1895)(*1910)(*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919)

 

32, Hanover Street, Arlington, [Islington], N. (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), 143, Fonthill Road, [Seven Sisters' Road], Finsbury Park, N. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919)(*1921), London
WOLF  

 

'Pianoforte-maker' (date ?)

GEROCK & WOLF, see also  GEROCK

London
WOLF Robert

(? - 1844)

 

"By his Majesty's Royal Letters Patent.
ROBERT WOLF & CO.'S
PICOLO AND GRAND SQUARE PIANO-FORTES,
WITH PATENT TRANSVERSE STRINGS, And GRAND PIVOT ACTION, 79, CORNHILL, LONDON.
Robert Wolf & Co. respectfully invite the attention of the Musical Profession and the Public to their Newly-invented Picolo, and Grand Square Piano-fortes, with Patent Transverse Strings, and Grand Pivot Action, which are offered at prices not greater than Instruments ot similar exterior made on common principles.
This novel and efficient improvement, for which His Majesty's Royal Letters Patent have been obtained, is designed to obviate certain difficulties, experienced by all Piano-Forte Makers in the attempt to combine power with sweetness of quality, in Picolo and Square Pianos ; and these difficulties, after a long course of experiments, they have completely overcome by the following simple invention.
The upper or Treble strings are drawn across the instrument, similar to those on the Horizontal Grand Piano and the Bass strings being drawn over them, and placed on a bridge behind, are increased in length, and thus a more equal distribution of pressure on the Sound-Board, which passes over the whole area of the instrument, being obtained, the extent of vibratory surface is considerably increased, and a wider space for the Action, constructed on the principle of that of the Horizontal Grand, much simplified, being afforded, a more direct and equal blow from the hammer, and that delicacy of touch which is justly appreciated by an accomplished performer, is satisfactorily effected.
As the limits of this notice will not admit an adequate description of all the important advantages which arise out of this invention in the construction of these Piano-Fortes, and convinced of their superior elegance and convertibility in point of form, Rorert Wolf nnd Co. solicit the favor of personal inspection at their Ware Rooms, (late Gerock, Astor, and Co's,) 79, Cornhill, London." The Musical World, 09/06/1837, p. 212

 

 

'Musical instrument maker' ca. 1839-44

GEROCK & WOLF (date ?)

WOLF Robert & co (xx1837)(**1841)(x1842)

1841 - "Tuesday, February 23. Partnerships dissolved. [...] R. Wolf and Co. Moorgate street, pianoforte manufacturers." The Examiner, 28/02/1841, p. 349

Successor of ASTOR and GEROCK

1846 - "PURSUANT to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in a cause Middleton versus Wolf, the creditors of Robert Wolf, late of St. Martin's-le-Grand, in the city of London, Piano Forte Manufacturer, deceased (who died in the month of November 1844), are, by their Solicitors, forthwith to leave their claims of debts before William Brougham, Esq. one of the Masters of the said Court, at his office, in Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, London, and are to establish such claims before the said Master, or in default thereof they will be excluded the benefit of the said Decree and the General Orders of the said Court." The London Gazette, 1846, p. 2855

Patent of 1834 : "Robert Wolf, Cornhill, musical instrument maker, for an improvement in piano-fortes , consisting in the new construction on the principle of acoustics of a sounding body, applicable to every description of piano-fortes. March 2 ; six months to specify." Mechanics Magazine, Volume 22, 1835, p. 479

[79], Cornhill (xx1837)(x1842), 45, Moortgate Street, Bank (**1841), St. Martin's-le-Grand (x1842)(1844), London
WOLFF Benni 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884 73, Noble Street, E.C. (**1884), London
WOLFRAMM Hermann
| WOLFFRAM Herrman
'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891-1914

Agent : Alfred Lengnick (**1891)

151, Oxford Street, W. (**1891)(*1893), 30, City Road, E.C. (*1914), London
WONNACOTT J. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884 51, Millman Street, Bedford Row, W.C. (**1884), London
WONDER PIANOFORTE & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' (date ?) London
WOOD Brothers Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1906-09 12, Park Lane (*1906)(*1909), Leeds
WOOD & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1891-97  

3, Rathbone Place, Oxford Street, W. (**1891), [32a], Wrotham Road, King's Road, N.W. (**1891)(*1895)(*1897), London

 

WOOD James & Son 'Musical Instrument Makers' ca. 1822 50, New Compton Street, Soho (**1822), London
WOOD J., MUIR & Co Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1891-97  

31, Conduit Street, W. (**1895), London

 

WOOD James  

"Wood James, cabinet, cottage & picolo pianoforte manfr. wholesale & for exportation, 14 Somers town terrace, Clarendon Square" Post Office London Directory, 1852, p. 571 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852 14, Somers Town Terrace, Clarendon Square (**1852), London
WOOD James Slight

 

"WOOD, J. S., Pianoforte Maker, Pianofortes tuned, repaired, and exchanged, 81, Wells-street, Oxford-street, and 2, Sion Terrace, Tunbridge Wells." The British Colonies : their history, extent, condition and resources, 1851, p. 12 (archive.org)

 
'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-57 81, Wells Street, Oxford Street(**1841)(x1842)(*1843)(y1851)(**1852)(y1854)(y1857), 2, Sion Terrace, Tunbridge Wells (y1851)(y1854)(y1857), London
WOOD John & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15 1a, Forrester Street, Mile End Road, E. (*1914)(*1915), London
WOOD & LAMBERT 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884

"Vertical, Single & Double overstrung pianos" (**1884)

11, Whitfield Street, Fitzroy Square, W.(**1884), London
WOOD & MARSHALL Pianoforte-makers and/or piano dealers ca. 1893-1910 9, New Ivegate (*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Bradford
WOOD William  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-43

WOOD William (**1841)

NUTTING & WOOD (*1843), see also NUTTING

72, Judd Street, Brunswick Square (**1841), London
WOODCHESTER  

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' since 1906

Successors of BENTLEY

Fusion in 2000 with WHELPDALE, MAXWELL & CODD

End : ca. 2003

 

Woodchester, Stroud
WOODS Georg  

Patent of 1803 : "June 28, 1803.— George Woods. Strings attached to pulleys, beams, etc., so that the whole may be raised or lowered in pitch at once." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgard Brinsmead, 1879, p. 199-200 (archive.org)

 
'Pianoforte-maker' ? ca. 1803 London ?
WOODS R. J. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1895 London
WOODSON  

"Woodson | Grand upright & Square Piano-forte maker | Soho Square | London"

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'Pianoforte-maker' in London and Paris ca. 1820 Soho Square (ca. 1820), London

Paris, France

WOODWARD  

"Cheltenham. - G. WOODWARD, Pianoforte and Harmonium Manufacterer, Music Seller, &c., has always in stock instruments by Broadwood, Collard, Erard, Kirkman, &c., for Sale or Hire, on the various systems, is noted for repairs of and restoration of instruments, wich cannot be superseded by any house in England." Monthly Musical Record, Volume 2, 1872, p. 154

 
Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1872 Cheltenham
WOOLHOUSE  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10

WOOLHOUSE C. (*1906)(*1910)

WOOLHOUSE & Co (*1909)(*1910)

 

174, wardour Street, W. (*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
WOOLLEY Thomas

 

 

Image of a pianoforte, in an advertisement, The Midland counties railway companion. Also, guides to the London ..., 1840, p. 85

 

"Midland Counties' - Repositories & musical Academies - For TEACHING the PIANO-FORTE & VOCALISATION, &c.
In Classes, Where also is kept a large Assortment of Pianofortes, Harps, &c. FOR SALE OR HIRE,
WHEELER-GATE, NOTTINGHAM, AND FULL-STREET, DERBY.
MR. WOOLLEY - Begs to invite the attention of the Musical Public to his extensive Stock of PIANOFORTES OF THE FOLLOWING KINDS :
CABINET PIANOS, (Six and a half octaves.)
SEMI-CABINET DITTO, (Six and a half octaves.)
COTTAGE DITTO, (Square and circular fall.)
PICCOLO, improved. (Square and circular fall.)
GRAND Square DITTO, (with metallic plates.)
COMMON Square DITTO, (with ditto.)
COMBINING EXCLUSIVE IMPROVEMENTS, IN ROSEWOOD AND MAHOGANY, Presenting to the Musical Amateur, the unparalleled advantage of choosing from the very best warranted Instruments, which he continues to sell 25 per cent, under the usual prices.
In these days of rapid loco-motion it is to be hoped, that the number and great variety of I nBtruments always to be seen and compared, both as regards Tone, Touch, and Exterior Appearance, will induce parties to travel some distance, to enable them to hear and see, and thus to secure to themselves the advantages offered in these Establishments.
COTTAGE, PICCOLO, AND Square PIANO-FORTES, SINGLE AND DOUBLE MOVEMENT HARPS, Embracing all the Modern Improvements,
let on hire, tuned, parked, and sent to any distance.
Three Months' Hirage will be deducted from the price if purchased; thus affording the moat
satisfactory opportunity of ascertaining the qualities of the Instruments.
The Full Value allowed for Pianos when taken in Exchange, varieties of which are alway»
on hand, at different Prices, from Five Pounds and J
ALSO, elegant spanish guitars, music stools, and every article appertaining to music.
Printed Music for Vocal and Instrumental Purposes, Of the English, French, and Italian Schools. - PIANO-FORTES, TUNED AND REPAIRED. N.B. - descriptive Lists, with an accompanying Sketch of the various kinds of Pianos, and their exact dimensions, may be had had of Mr, Woolley, together with further particulars of his new system of Class Tuition. Midland Counties' Repositories, and Musical Academies, for teaching the PIANO-FORTE & VOCALISATION, &c. In Classes, WHERE ALSO IS KEPT A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF PIANO-FORTES, HARPS, &c.
For Sale or hire,
Wheeler-Gate Nottingham and Full Street Derby
MR. WOOLLEY - BEGS TO SOLICIT THE ATTENTION OF HIS FRIENDS, AND THE MUSICAL PUBLIC, TO HIS
NEW SYSTEM OF CLASS TUITION. - The Pupils are taught the Piano-Forte on the systems of the Modern Writers for, and Performers on the Instrument, whose Klements, Studies, &c,, as well as original exercises, (calculated in every instance to insure the rapid improvement of the Pupil,) have afforded ample means of forming a NEW SCHOOL of PIANO-FORTE TUITION. (see next )

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1840-55

WOOLLEY T. I. (xx1855)

LONDON - "Mr. Woolley, of Nottingham, exhibits two piccolo uprights, 7 octaves, C to C. These have three vertical strings to each note, and have a bracing behind the frame, called the patent equilibrium, for taking the tension of the strings." Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, 1851, p. 37

LONDON - "493 Wooley T., Nottingham - Patentee and Manufacturer. Equilibrium patent pianofortes, for all climates. Grand pianoforte, and 'ultiliton' pianoforte, 7 octaves each." Official description and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition, 1851, p. 469

Patent of 1846 : "1846. Thomas Woolley, of Nottingham, pianoforte manufacturer, for improvements in pianofortes. (July 8.)" The Repertory of patent inventions [formerly The Repertory of arts ..., Volume 8, 1846, p. 126


(continuation)

The Pupils being under the eye of a skilful Pianist for two hours, are not onlyconducted through a considerable portion of Theory, united with Practice, but are made to comprehend and execute at the same instant, the three important considerations of the Pianist—Construction, Execution, and proper Fingering of the Piece.
VOCALISATION - forms a very important feature in this System of Tuition. The younger Pupils, as well as the older, receive Lessous in Singiug from the commencement, in the most approved Italian manner.
From the regular habit of practising the scales in plain notes and passages of ornament, as well as in Songs, Duets, Trios. &c , the voice acquires a Firmness of Tone, and Flexibility of Execution, unattainable by any other means; and from the continuance of such exercises.
A SUPERIOR STYLE OF SINGING - is progressively formed, as fully evinced by the performances of the Pupils of the Academies
This new system has often been resorted to,for the finish of Pupils, who had received previous instruction from other Masters and Professors; but it is much better (where practicable ) to place children under this method of Tuition from the first; thus affording the greater certainty of the musical powers being developed in the highest degree; and although these superior advantages are here proposed, the Terms mentioned will be found (considering the time devoted,) much less expensive than those of any other Teacher profeauing claims to respectability.
Notice of a PupiCs discontinuing Lestons, is particularly requested. Terms Per Quarter: — One Guinea and a half, including Tuition under the following heads— Piano-Forte, Singing, Theory, & Vocal Accompaniment." The Midland counties railway companion. Also, guides to the London and ..., Midland counties railway, 1840, p. 84-85

Exhibitors list London, 1851

Wheeler Gate (*1840)(**1846), Park Row (xx1855), Nottingham

Full Street (*1840), Derby

WOOLSTON & JAY 'Pianoforte-manufacturers' ca. 1852

See also JAY

6, King Street, Camden Town (**1852), London
WOOLVERTON Samuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1818 (3) London
WORBY Thomas & Son  

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1895-1915

WORBY Alexander & Son (*1914)(*1915)

 

243, King's Road, Chelsea, S.W. (**1895)(*1914)(*1915), London
WORNUM Alfred Nicholson
| WORMAN

 

Patent of 1856 : "644. Alfred Nicholson Wornum, of Store-street, Bedford-square, for improvements in grand piano-fortes." The London journal of arts and sciences and repertory of patent inventions, 1856, p. 181

Patent of 1866 : "WORNUM. 19th July 1866. - 1883. Alfred Nicholson Wornum, of Store Street, Bedford Square, in the County of Middlesex, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted ..., 1867, p. 130

 
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1848-68


(continuation)

Patent of 1867 : "Wornum. 17th April 1867. - Alfred Nicholson Wornum, of Store Street, Bedford Square, in the County of Middlesex, Pianoforte Manufacturer, for an invention for Improvements in pianofortes. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents, 1868, p. 80

 

Store Street, Bedford Square, Middlesex (*1848)(**1856)(**1867)(**1868), London
WORNUM George & Co 'Pianoforte-manufacturers' ca. 1852 10, Maddox Street, Regent Street (**1852), London
WORNUM Robert
| WORNAM

(1780 - 1852)

 

 

Patent of 1811, pianoforte of WORNUM

 

 

Cabinet pianoforte of WORNUM & WILKINSON, ca. 1812

 

 

 

 

Two Pianofortes of WORNUM ca. 1839

 

Upright pianoforte n° 2330 ca. 1828, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Pocket Grand piano n° 3770 ca. 1838, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany
Cottage pianoforte ca. 1841, hammerfluegel.info

Upright pianoforte ca. 1841, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Grand pianoforte n° 4650, hammerfluegel.info

Grand Pianoforte n° 328/5018 ca. 1842, The Mobbs Keyboard Collection, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Upright pianoforte ca. 1842-46, Powerhousemuseum, Sydney, Australia
Grand pianoforte ca. 1844, MIM, Brussels, Belgium
Grand pianoforte ca. 1845-47, Powerhousemuseum, Sydney, Australia
Cabinet pianoforte n° 6852 ca. 1845, The Monart Collection, Wexford, Ireland, U.K.
Square pianoforte ca. 1850, hammerfluegel.info

Upright 'Piccolo' pianoforte ca. 1850, The Schureck Piano Collection, Berowra Heights, NSW, Australia
Grand pianoforte ca. 1850, The Schureck Piano Collection, Berowra Heights, NSW, Australia
Grand pianoforte n° 9729, hammerfluegel.info

Grand pianoforte ca. 1870, designed by James Gamble, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, U.K.
Grand pianoforte ca. 1872, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

WORNUM
on this site

 
INVENTIONS

Click on the link here above.

 

LONDON - "Mr. Wornum contributes a small bichord grand, called the “ Albion ” grand. The peculiarity of this instrument is, that it has a down-striking action, patented by the maker in 1842. There is no metallic bracing to this piano, and it affords a good example of how much the introduction of the downstriking principle would simplify and cheapen the instruments of this form, as Mr. Stodart’s does in reference to the Square. A piccolo upright, 6 3/4 octaves, C to A, by the same maker, is a good specimen of the first form of low upright, with vertical strings. The peculiar action of the piccolo, patented by Mr. Wornum, in 1829, has been extensively followed by foreign makers." Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, 1851, p. 37

 LONDON - "499. WORNUM, ROBERT, Store Street — Inventor and Manufacturer. Improved piccolo pianoforte. Semi-bichord grand pianoforte, upon the patent over struck principle. [In the ordinary pianoforte action, the springs are struck from below, in this instrument the hammers strike down, hence the term overstruck.—H. E. D.]" Official description and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition, 1851, p. 469

LONDON - "Returning to the British side in the gallery, we finilr. Wornum sent a piccolo in walnut, and an Albion grand. We may remark, en passant, that it is to this gentleman we are indebted for the first introduction of the piccolo or small upright pianoforte, which, from its capability of being produced cheaply, has had considerable influence in promoting our manufacture of pianos, and indeed, extending a knowledge and taste for music."
The Crystal Palace, and its contents : being an illustrated cyclopaedia of the great exhibition of the industry of all nations, 1851, p. 200 (archive.org)

LONDON - "There were also specimens of Mr. Wornum's Grand and Cottage Pianos in walnut; and a new patent piano, which he names a "Folding Piano." It is, in fact, a small square or table piano, which, instead of being placed on legs, is hung on centres and suspended between two uprights. When played upon, it is put in a horizontal position ; and when not used, can be swung back into a vertical position, in which it occupies very little room.— Selected and condensed from the Illustrated London News." The International exhibition. The industry, science, & art of the age, 1862, p. 150

LONDON - "3450 WORNUM, R. & Sons, Store-st. Bedford-st. — Pianos." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

LONDON - "Messrs. ROBERT WORNUM and Sons (3450) exhibit three instruments, namely :—
1. An upright with oblique strings. This plan, which has come into such extensive application as a means of giving incl'msod length of string to low upright instruments, was patented by the late Robert Wornum in March 1811. It has also other ingenious oontrivances by the same inventor.
2. A grand pianoforte constructed without iron bracing.
3. A patent square pianot‘orte, on the down-striking principle of a small size and so contrived as when out of use to admit of being turned upright, and so to take up very little room.
Messrs. Wornum are awarded a Medal for novelty of invention.
" Reports by the Juries on the subjects in the thirty-six classes into which ..., 1862, p. 148

LONDON - "WORNUM, ROBERT, & Sons, the Hall, Store Street, W.C. — Piano Forte Manufacturers. Awarded, Prize Medals, Exhibition of 1851, for Patent Piccolo Piano Forte, and International Exhibition, 1862, for Novelty of Invention in Piano Fortes." Debrett's Illustrated Peerage, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, 1865, p. 501

PARIS - "Mr. R. Wornum has sent grand and square pianos and a piccolo; the latter is a capital instrument. With regard to the first named, on opening the piano it will be found to present a different appearance from other instruments. The absence of "metal bracings" will be noticed, and it will be found that the instrument is constructed on what is known as the down striking principle, in contradistinction to the "up blow" in general use. This principle appears to have been invented so early as 1774, and amongst its advantages it appears that the employment of iron may be avoided. It will be readily understood that a piano constructed entirely of wood can be produced at a comparatively moderate price. The grand and square pianos exhibited by Mr. Wornum are constructed on a plan based upon this system. The price of the grand is 135 guineas." Reports on the Paris Universal Exhibition, 1867, Volume 2, p. 199

LONDON - "12. Messrs. Wornum have conserved their original form of construction of pianos, and use no iron whatever. The tone of each of the instruments shown by them is sweet, but hardly full or forcible enough." Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, 1872, p. 890-891

LONDON - "Pianofortes were to be seen in cases of tulip wood, satin wood, walnut, mahogany, and ebony, of every size and description, including a pocket grand pianoforte, 5 feet 4 inches long, manufactured by Messrs. Wornum. After a careful examination of the various specimens, it became clear that the plainer the instrument as regards its exterior adornment, the more suitable and elegant it appears. A large grand pianoforte is always a prominent piece of furniture in a room, and when this obtrusiveness is increased by over-colouring or by too much ornamentation, it becomes positively offensive to the eye, especially if the apartment in which it stands is small or fully furnished." The British Almanac, 1872, p. 124

PARIS - "Wornum, Robert, & Sons ; Fabricants de pianos, Inventeurs ; 16, Store Street, Bedford Square, London. Un piano à queue en fer (d'une longueur de moins de 6 pieds anglais). Système de construction inventé et breveté par A. N. Wornum en 1875, ayant cet avantage sur la méthode allemande dite "cross stringing" (cordes croissées) que tandis que les cordes sont placées parallelement les unes aux autres, leurs longueurs ne sont pas diminuees, ce qui permet une construction plus simple et moins lourde surtout dans les parties en fer. Par ce moyen il n'y a plus de necessité d'élargir le devant de la caisse. La mécanique sort du coté de la basse, les claviers et les étouffoirs restants en place.- Un piano à queue, 8 pieds anglais en longueur construit sur le même principe. Un piano dit "Piccolo" (bicorde, avec cordes demi-obliques), invention de feu Mr. Robert Wornum, brevetée en 1826. Les principes du mecanisme sont universellement adoptes dans les meilleurs instruments." Catalogue officiel de la section anglaise, 1878, p. 67 (archive.org)

 

 

'Upright & Horizontal Pianoforte-maker' since 1777

He made little upright, or cottage pianofortes since 1798. (1)

WORNUM & WILKINSON (ca. 1810-13), see also WILKINSON, on this page.

1813 - "Notice is hereby given, that the partnership carried on between us the undersigned George Wilkinson and Robert Wornum, in the trade or bussiness of Piano-Forte-Manufacturers, at No. 315, Oxford Street, and 11, Princes-Street, Hanover-Square, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. - Witness our hands this day 3d day of march 1813. George Wilkinson. R. Wornum." The London Gazette, 09/03/1813, p. 489

His son, named also Robert, was his successor in 1815. (1)

He has made already 6500 pianos in 1850. (1)

WORNUM Robert (*1817)(x1825)(**1852)

WORNUM Robert & Sons (**1870)(**1878)(**1882)(**1884)(*1893)(**1895)(*1903)(*1910)

End : after 1909

BIO

"Wornum, Robert. — London. Geb. 1742, †1815. Ursprünglich Musikalienhändler, versuchte er sich auch im Instrumentenbau und machte hauptsächlich Guitarren, aber auch Geigen und Violoncelli. Er wohnte Wigmore Street No. 42. Sein Sohn (oder Neffe) Rob. Wornum (Store Street Bedford Square, London. 1780-1852, ist der Erfinder des Piano-Buffets, das er in den Jahren 1813-1827 fabricirte." Die Geigen- und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart, Lütgendorff, Willibald Leo, Freiherr von, 1904, p. 716 (Archive.org)

"PIANOFORTES. - EXTENSIVE REDUCTION IN PRICE - R. WORNUM, INVENTOR and MANUFACTURER of Patent Double Action Pianofortes, at the Music Hall, Store Street, Bedford Square.
THE PICCOLO.
Plain in Mahogany 30 Guineas
Best Ditto 34 Ditto
Elegant with Trusses 38 Ditto
Ditto with Cylinder 42 Ditto
Plain Rosewood 42 Ditto
Elegant 50 Ditto
COTTAGE AND CABINET. -
- From 42 Guineas to 75 Guineas
POCKET GRAND HORIZONTAL.
-
From 55 Guineas to 75 Guineas
IMPERIAL GRAND HORIZONTAL.
-
From 75 Guineas to 90 Guineas.
The above Instruments are well manufactured, and all prepared for extreme climates. The Piccolo stands 3 ft 8 in. high; and the Pocket Grand is only 5 ft. 4 in. long. A liberal allowance to Exporters and Dealers. This Extensive Reduction has been drawn from the Advertiser as a measure of protection to the "
New Piccolo Pianoforte", the success of which has induced certain Manufacturers to announce and sell Instruments of a different character under the same name, by which the Public are deceived and the Inventor injured." The Musical World, 1839, p. 316 - and - The University Magazine: A Literary and Philosophic Review, 1839, p. 111

MUSIC HALL

1834 - "NEW MUSIC-HALL. We were invited the other day to a private opening of this new temple of Apollo; occupying part of the extensive premises of Mr. Wornum's pianoforte-manufactory in Store Street, Bedford Square, and constructed solely with reference to musical habitancy. Its dimensions are — 80 feet in length, 37 feet in breadth, and from 37 to 50 feet in height. The orchestra, which is a fixture, appears to be conveniently constructed with reference to the display of an instrumental band, and is of smaller extent than that of the Hanover Square Rooms. Behind and above it, is a kind of reflector, intended to assist in conveying musical sounds to the remote corners of the room. The walls, as well as every thing within them, are at present undecorated; there is nothing which can absorb or hinder the transmission of sound, but every thing to facilitate its propagation; and, hence, we have no doubt that a band of the same size would produce a more powerful effect in this building than in any other concert-room in London. Three rows of boxes front the orchestra, and over these is a gallery. We experimented upon the room in various places; and we are bound to say, that in no music-room of the same size has the architect so completely achieved his purpose. The slightest inflections of the voice are not only audible, but distinct and full even at the remotest corner of the gallery. The room is said to be capable of holding one thousand persons: we doubt this,, unless they were packed like the Livery in a crowded Common Hall; but it is large enough to hold molt audiences, and large enough for comfortable hearing.
The concert was not worth particular notice as a performance. We presume most of the singers and players were amateurs; and we were not able to derive much entertainment from hearing young ladies and gentlemen try their inexperienced voices upon 'Di tanti palpiti', "Bell' imago," and other hacknied pieces of the same school." The Spectator, Volume 7, 01/02/1834, p. 108

Prize medal London, 1851 | Prize Medal London, 1862 | Exhibitors list London, 1872 | Exhibitors list Paris, 1878

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315, Oxford Street (*1813), 11, Princes Street, Hanover Square (*1811)(*1813), 42, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, Middlesex (*1814)(*1817)(*1818)(*1820)(**1820)(x1825)(*1827)(*1828), [16], Store Street, Bedford Square, W.C. (**1841)(**1842)(x1842)(**1851)(**1852)(*1862)(**1865)(**1870)(**1878)(**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1893)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Bedford, London
WORTON  

Patent of 1861 : "2887. Robert Thomas Worton, of Newberry-place, Kentish Town, for improvements in pianofortes." Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, 1862, p. 57

 

'Pianoforte Maker' ? ca. 1861  Newberry Place, Kentish Town (**1862), London
WREDE Herman 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841 35, Lower Whitecross Street (**1841), London
WREDE W. 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1822 15, St. John Square, Clerkenwell(**1822), London
WRENSHALL Joseph  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1796

Bankrupt 17 december 1796, The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, 1796, p. 456

 

Liverpool
WRENSHALL William  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1824-37

WRENSHALL William & Sons, 'Musical Instrument Makers'  (*1824)(*1837)

 

[101], Islington Square (**1824)(*1837), Liverpool
WRIGHT Hermond  

"Wright & Co. Hermond or Harman Wright, in partnership with a person named Wilkinson (possibly the Wilkinson who afterwards was a partner with Broderip), succeeded Elizabeth Randall at Walsh's old shop in Catherine Street, Strand ; this was some time between 1781 and 1784. John Walsh, the younger, when he died, must have left an enormous stock, and no doubt both Randall and Wilkinson will have sold from it extensively, occasionally reprinting, from the original plates, works in demand. The works of Handel were always saleable, and Wright & Co. re-printed these very largely. They of course re-issued and published works by other composers, and their imprint is found on many detached pieces of music and songs. In 1789 the directory shows Harman Wright alone at 13, Catherine Street, and he remained here until at least 1799. In 1802 the directory shows that he had removed to 386, Strand ; after this I lose trace of him." British music publishers, printers and engravers: London, Provincial, Scottish, and Irish, 1900, p. 159 (archive.org) - see also WILKINSON (on this page) and BRODERIP

 

'Musical Warehouse' and music publisher ca. 1794-99

WRIGHT & WILKINSIN (1789-94) - see also WILKINSON (on this page)

WRIGHT & Co (1789-94)

13, Catherine Street, Strand (*1794), London
WRIGHT R. C. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1904 156, Lewisham High Road, New Ors. (**1904), London
WRIGHT Samuel 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-95 131, Great Dover Street, S. E.(**1882)(**1884)(**1891), 131 [181?], Great Dover Street, S. E. (*1893)(**1895), London
WRIGHT Thomas Jop. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891 The Lawn, Oval Road, N.W.(**1891), London
WRIGHT W. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1810-20 Newcastle
WRIGHT William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891-95 36, Highbury Park, N. (**1891)(**1895), London
WRIGHT William August 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1879 20, King's Road, N.W. (*1893), 54, Queen Street, Camden Town, N.W. (**1891)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
WRO & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1903-10 Market Street (*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Manchester
WUEST John Frederick

(1809-1889)(5)

 

"F. WUEST, Organ Builder & Pianoforte Maker, From Messrs. BROADWOOD & SONS, (Where he was regularly employed for many years, and understands the above Branches thoroughly),  RESPECTFULLY begs leave to return his thanks to the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public of the Counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan, for the patronage and support he has received from them during his five years' residence arnongst them and he will feel obliged for a continuance of their commands, aud they may rely on having- the work done to their satisfaction. He is now at Carmarthen, where he will remain a fortnight, on his return home. - Orders received at Mr. Richards', Organist, and by the publisher of this Paper. Residence, 16, City-road, Haverfordwest." The Welshman, 13/11/1835, p. 2 (newspapers.library.wales)

 

'Organ builder & Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1835-43

1809 - John Frederick Wuest was born, son of William Edward Jones, Piano Forte Maker.
1812 - John Frederick Wuest was christened in St.Anne's, Soho. (PianoHistory.info)

F. WUEST Junior (1864)(4)

52, Holywell Street, Millbank(x1842)(*1843), 15, Upper York Street, Bryanston Square (1845)(1864)(4), London
 

 

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

(*1799): 'Catalogue of Instrumental and Vocal Music, Printed and Sold by Broderip and Wilkinson', 1799, p. 1

(*1808): 'A New Scarborough Guide', 1808, p. 63

(*1811): 'The Literary Panorama', Volume 10, 1811, p. 635

(**1811): 'Jollie's Cumberland guide & directory', 1811, p. 67

(*1813): 'The London Gazette', 09/03/1813, p. 489

(*1814): 'The Post-Office Annual Directory for 1814'

(*1816): 'The Post office London directory', 1816, p. (Watlen) 349 + (Wilkinson) 358 (babel.hathitrust.org)

(*1817): 'The Post office London directory', 1817, p. (Watlin) 348 + (Wilkinson) 358 + (Wornum) 368 (babel.hathitrust.org)

(*1818): 'Johnstone's London Commercial Guide, and Street Directory; on a New and More ...', 1818

(**1818): 'The Poll Book, for Electing Two Representatives in Parliament for the City and Liberty of Westminster', 1818

(xx1818): 'The Commercial Directory for 1818', p. 260

(*1820): 'The Post office London directory', 1820, p. (Waite) 365 + (Watlen) 371 + (Wilkinson) 381+ (Wornum) 392 (babel.hathitrust.org)

(**1820): 'The European Magazine, and London Review', Volume 77, 1820, p. 565

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

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

(*1824): 'History, directory and gazetteer of the county palatine of Lancaster', 1824, p. 397/351

(**1824): 'The Technical repository', by T. Gill, Volume 6, 1824, p. 290

(***1824): 'The Law Advertiser', 09/1824, p. 300

(*1825): 'Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences', Volume 9, 1825, p. 307

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

(*1827): 'Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine', Volume 22, 1827, p. 262

(**1827): 'The Harmonicon', Volumes 4-10, William Ayrton, 02/1827, p. 90

(*1828): 'The London Journal of Arts and Sciences', 1828, p. 374

(**1828): 'Pigot and co.'s national commercial directory for 1828-9', p. 320+1064

(**1829): 'Gores' Directory of Liverpool', 1829, p. 287 (Specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1830): 'The Harmonicon', Volumes 4-10, William Ayrton, 06/1830, p. 247/267

(**1830): 'The Law Advertiser', Volume 8, 1830, p. 34

(*1833): 'The poll for the election of members of parliament for ... Liverpool', 1833, p. 81

(x1834): 'Pigot's Directory of 1834' (genuki.org.uk)

(*1835): 'Mechanics Magazine', Volume 22, 1835, p. 479

(x1836): 'Mathews's Annual Bristol Directory and Commercial List: Being an Entire ...', 1836, p. 233

(xx1836): 'History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk, and the City and County of the ...', 1836, p. 204-205 + 60

(*1837): 'Pigot and co.'s national commercial directory of the whole of Scotland', 1837, Aberdeen p. 186, Edinburgh p. 98, Liverpool p. 78, Leeds p. 54, Newcastle p. 126

(**1837): 'The Poll for the election ..., Liverpool', July, 1837, p. 135

(***1837): 'The London Gazette', 16/06/1837, p. 1537

(x1837): 'History, gazetteer, and directory, of the west-riding of Yorkshire, with the ...', 1837, p. 578

(xx1837): 'The Musical World', 09/06/1837, p. 212

(**1838): 'The London Gazette', 1838, p. 1552-1553

(*1839): 'Pigot's Directory of Norfolk', 1839, p. 45

(*1840): 'The Midland counties railway companion. Also, guides to the London and ...', Midland counties railway, 1840, p. 84-85

(**1841): 'Post Office London Directory', 1841, p. 807(specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1842): 'The Norwich guide and directory', G. K. Blyth, 1842, p. 248

(**1842): 'The Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette, Volume 36, 1842', p. 159

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

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

(**1843): 'The Bankrupt Directory: Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts, with ...', George Elwick, 1843, p. 433

(***1843): 'Proceedings of the Central Criminal Court', 27th February 1843, p. 210

(*1845): 'Mechanics Magazine', Volume 43, 1845, p. 288

(**1845): 'The Jurist', 04/10/1845, p. 398

(*1846): 'Slater's National Commercial Directory of Ireland', 1846

(**1846): 'The Repertory of patent inventions [formerly The Repertory of arts ...', Volume 8, 1846, p. 126

(*1847): 'The Musical World', Volume 22, 1847, p. 402

(*1848): 'The London Gazette for the year 1848', p. 490

(**1851): 'Official description and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition 1851', p. 469

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

(*1854): 'The Civil engineer & architect's journal', Volume 17, 1854, p. 279

(y1854): 'The British colonies : their history, extent, condition and resources', 1854, p. 15 (archive.org)

(xx1855): 'Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire', 1855, p. 188

(**1856): 'The London journal of arts and sciences and repertory of patent inventions', 1856, p. 181

(**1857): 'Journal of the Society of Arts', Volume 5, 1857, p. 284

(y1857): 'The British colonies : their history, extent, condition and resources', 1857, p. 11-12 (archive.org)

(*1859): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1859, p. 99

(*1861): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1861, p. 27

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

(**1862): 'Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences', 1862, p. 57

(*1863): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1863, p. 217

(*1865): 'The Engineer', Volume 20, 1865, p. 428

(**1865): 'Debrett's Illustrated Peerage, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain', 1865, p. 501

(xx1865): 'Hall's Gravesend, Milton and Northfleet Directory, and Advertiser', 1865, p. 29

(**1867): 'Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted ...', 1867, p. 130

(**1868): 'Chronological index of patents applied for and patents', 1868, p. 80

(**1870): 'The 'Handbook' to the manufacturers & exporters of Great Britain', 1870, p. 367

(**1871): 'Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents', 1871, p. 251

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

(*1874): 'The Woburn Directory', 1874

(**1874): 'Post Office Directory of Middlesex', 1874, p. 501 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(**1875): 'The Weekly Notes', Volume 10, 1875, p. 433

(**1878): 'Catalogue officiel de la section anglaise', 1878, p. 66- 67 (archive.org)

(**1882): 'Post Office London Directory', 1882, p. 412-413 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

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

(*1885): 'Official Catalogue', 1885, p. 317

(**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. 717-724 (Gallica)

(**1895): 'Post Office London Directory, 1895, p. 2038-2039 (specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(**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)

(*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

(*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

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

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

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

(3): Norfolk: Great Yarmouth, Voting Registers - Poll 1818

(5): 'PianoHistory.info', of Bill Kibby

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