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Pianoforte-brand ca. 1900

Pianos made by Sydney ZENDER & Co


KALER Thomas H. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 h. Salem (*1874), Woburn




Patent of 1857 : "466. Augustus Kaltwasser, of Grove-street, Camden-town, pianoforte-maker. An improvement in the action of horizontal pianofortes." The Mechanics' Magazine, 1857, p. 261



'Pianoforte-maker' ? ca. 1857


 Grove Street, Camden-town (*1857), London
KANGHANS Justus 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841 20, Wardour Street, Soho (**1841), London
KARN D. W. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895 3, Newman Street, W. (**1895), London
KARNOCK & Co Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900 Luton



Advertisment ca. 1911




'Pianoforte-maker' since 1903


KÄSTNER in Leipzig, Germany



34, 35, & 36, Margaret Street, Cavendish Square (1911), London

& Leipzig, Germany since 1920


KAUFFMAN Andrew 'Musical Instrument maker' ca. 1822 4, Angel Court, Skinner Street (**1822), London
KEARSING William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1825  

12, Howland Street (x1825), London


KEITH Charles 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1825  

33,  Rochester Row (x1825), London



KEITH Robert & William

(1767 - 1846)



Voir KEITH, PROWSE & Cie in Paris, France



'Pianoforte-makers' and publishers ca. 1822-1914

KEITH Robert William (**1822)(x1825)

KEITH, PROWSE & Co (*1831)(*1842)(1844)(**1852)(*1872)(**1882)(**1895)(*1906)(*1907)(*1909)(*1910)

KEITH, PROWSE & Co Ltd. (*1914)(*1915)

Exhibitors list London, 1872



91, Aldersgate Street (**1822)(x1825), 131, Cheapside (x1825)(*1831),  148, Fenchurch Street, E.C. (**1891)(**1895), 48, Cheapside, E.C. (*1842)(**1852)(**1882)(**1891)(**1895)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910)(*1915), 13, Grand Hotel Buildings, Charing Cross, W.C. (**1882), 3, Grand Hotel Buildings, W.C. (**1895)(*1914)(*1915), 48, Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W. (**1895), 4, First Avenue Hotel Buildings, High Holborn, W.C. (**1895)(*1914)(*1915), 1, Prince's Buildings, Coventry Street, W. (**1895), 48, Cheapside, E.C.  (*1907), 16, New Bond Street, W. (*1914), 47, Kensington High Street, W. (*1914)(*1915), 1, Angel Court, E.C. (*1914)(*1915), 31, Coventry Street, W. (*1914)(*1915), 148, Fenchurch Street, E.C. (*1914)(*1915), 83, Brompton Road, S.W. (*1914)(*1915), 46, King William Street, E.C. (*1914)(*1915), 167, Finchley Road, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), 42, Poland Street, W. (*1914)(*1915), 38, Berners Street, W. (*1914)(*1915), 162, New Bond Street, W. (*1915), 45, Aldwych, W.C. (*1915), 42, Victoria Street, S.W. (*1915), London

Paris, France


KELLY Charles  

"Important Quarterly sale - 67 Pianoforte, by Erard, Broadwood, Collard, Hopkinson, Nutting, Allison, and other first-class London Makers/ Walnut full compass Grand, by Holthansen, &c.; 3 Double action Harps by Erard, Dodd, &c.; Bound and Sheet Music; stock of first class Brass Band Instruments; Working Machines, Tools, and Stock of Mr. R. Chidley, Harmonium and Concertina Maker; and a variety of goods connected with the Musical Profession.
Mr. C. Kelly will sell by auction, at his Rooms, 11, Charles-street, Berners-street, Oxford-street, on wednesday, 2nd January Inst., at one o'clock to the minute. 67 pianofortes and Stock, as above, being the Quarterly Sale of unredeemed pledges from various pawnbrokers, Stock of Brass Instruments, Bankrupt's Stock, of Mans. of Eastbourne, &c. - May be viewed monday untill time of sale. Catalogues of the auctioneer, as above, or forwarded on application : at the solocitors, Messrs. Harrison, Lewis, and Co., 8, Old Jewry; or Mr. F. Lucas, 34, George-street, Mansion House." The Musical Times, Volume 12, 01/01/1867, p. 443



'Pianoforte-maker' and harmoniums, since 1824

KELLY & LYON (*1851)(**1852), see also LYON [LION]

1851 - "Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership hitherto carried on by us the undersigned, Charles Kelly and Frederick Galliard Lyon, of the High-street, Kensington, in the county of Middlesex, Pianoforte Makers, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due from the firm are to be paid by, and all monies due to be received by, the said Charles Kelly.—Witness their hands this 26th day of April 1851. Charles Kelly. Frederick Galliard Lyon." The London Gazette, 06/05/1851, p. 1204 - see also LYON

KELLY & Co (*1875)

KELLY Charles (**1882)

KELLY & Co (**1884)(**1891)

DUBLIN - "306 Kelly, C. 10 and 11 Charles st. Berners st. London, W.—Pianofortes and harmoniums." The illustrated record and descriptive catalogue of the Dublin international exhibition, 1865, p. 241

Exhibitors list London, 1862 | Exhibitors list Dublin, 1865


High Street, Kensington (*1851), 11, Charles Street, Middlesex (*1862), 10-11, Charles Street, Berners Street (*1865), 11, Charles Street, Berners Street, Oxford Street (*1867)(*1875), 51, Westborn Grove, Bayswater (***1868), 68, Westbourne Grove, W. (**1882), 14-16, Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square, W. (**1884)(**1891), London
KELLY & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882 14-16, Mortimers Street, W. (**1882), London
KELLY William Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1822 24, Panton st. Haymarket (**1822), London
KELMANN 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900 London





'Pianoforte & Organ -manufacterer' since 1911

KEMBLE & Co (*1917)(*1919)

In 1950 : 81700 pianos.
In 1980 : 197980 pianos. (1)


97b, Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, N. (*1917)(*1918)(*1919),  Bletchley Bucks Milton Keynes, London
KEMMLER Charles  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891-1915

KEMMLER Charles & Co (**1891)(**1895)

KEMMLER & Co (*1895)(*1899)(*1906)(*1907)(*1910)

KEMMLER, BÉNARD & Co (*1914)

KEMMLER, BÉNARD & Co Ltd. (*1915)


16, Brook Street, Bond Street, W. (**1895), 61[E], Abbey Road (**1891)(*1895)(*1899), 26, Wigmore Street, W. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910)(*1914)(*1915), 12, Gee's Court, Oxford Street, W. (*1914)(*1915), London

Patent of 1884 : "Oct. 22, 1884. - G. KEMP. Mechanism to produce graduated intensity of sound." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 237

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer or inventor ca. 1884 London ?
KEMP John Charles Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1904 195, Lower Clapton, N.E. (**1904), London
KEMP Robert Alexander  

Patent of 1864 : "Kemp. 12th April 1864. - 912. Robert Alexander Kemp, of Dudly Grove, Paddington, W., for an invention for Improvements in apparatus or instruments employed for assisting or aiding in the tuning of pianofortes and other keyed musical instruments. Provisional protection only." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents, 1865, p. 65 - or -  "April 12, 1864. — R. A. KEMP.—Tuning the pianoforte scale by means of twelve harmonium reeds." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 217


'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1864 Dudly Grove, Paddington, W. (**1865), London
KENDON William Henry 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1904-17 20, Simpson Street, Battersea, S.W. (**1904)(*1916)(*1917), London
KENNEDY Thomas  

"The Stock of Musical Instruments of Mr. Kennedy, of Oxford-street, (retiring from business,) Musical Library, Sec.
Messrs. PUTTICK & SIMPSON, Auctioneers of Music and Literary Property, will sell by Auction, at their Great Room, 191, Piccadilly, about the middle of May, a portion of the stock, of the well known Musical Instrument Maker, Mr. Kennedy of Oxford-street, consisting of Violins, Violoncellos, Double Basses, &c, of his own manufacture, and some Foreign Instruments j also, Pianofortes, by Allison and others ; Harps, by Delvean, Erard, &c. ; and a capital Library of Music, including some Antiquarian Works, original editions of Madrigals, Sec. Catalogues will be sent on application.
*Small parcels of Music and Musical Instruments can be consigned to Messrs. P. & S., to be included in their sales of Musical Property." The Musical Times, 01/05/1849, p. 65


'Musical Instrument maker' and music-seller ca. 1818-49 364, Oxford Street (**1818)(**1822)(x1849), London
KENNAY James  

"PIANOFORTES, At KENNAY & CO.'s, 15, Berners Street, Oxford St. - Every description of Piccolo, Cottage, and Cabinet Pianofortes, of the b materials and the lowest prices. Established upward of 40 years. - A variety of Second-hand instruments always on Sale. Instruments taken in exchange. KENNAY & Co., 15, Berners Street, Oxford Street." The Musical World, Volume 22, 1847, p. 675


'Pianoforte-makers' since 1807 ?

KENNAY James & Co (**1841)

KENNAY James (x1842)

KENNAY & Co (*1847)

KENNAY James & Co (**1852)

1, Crescent, Hackney Road (**1841)(x1842), 15, Berners Street, Oxford Street (*1847), 1, Hackney Road, Crescent (**1852), London
KENNING George Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 16, Great Queen Street (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
KENNY Stanley 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884 49, Burdett Road, E. (**1884), London


Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1890-1900 Everil Street (*1890), 32, Market Street (?), Nottingham
KENT H. G. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1904 168, Marlborough Road, Upper Holloway, N. (**1904), London
KEOGH Frederick  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1870-95

Established in 1870.

Bankrupt in 1891 : "Frederick Keogh, 88 Church Road, Islington, and residing at 41 Dresden Road, both in Middlesex." The Edinburgh Gazette, 14/07/1891, p. 761

2a, Almorah Road, Islington, N. (**1891), 88, Church Road, Islington, N. (**1884)(**1891)(x1891)(*1893)(**1895), London
KERSWELL Richard G. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901-04 96, High Street, Lewisham, S.E. (**1901)(**1904), London


KESSELS in Tilburg, in the Netherlands




Pianos made by LESWEIN


57, Berners Street, W. (*1915), London

Tilburg, The Netherlands

KESSLER 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900 London
KHUDER J. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900 London
KILVERT James Smith 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-1915 72, Queens' Road, Bayswater, W. (**1882)(**1891)(*1893), 72 & 88, Queens' Road, Bayswater, W. (**1895)(*1914)(*1915), London
KIMBALL Ozro 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 h. Linden (*1874), Woburn


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'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1860-62

LONDON - "3417 Kind, C. 60, George's-grove, Holloway. —Model of a grand pianoforte action: new invention." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

Exhibitors List London, 1862


50, George's Grove, Holloway (*1861), 60, George's Grove (*1862), Holloway
KING Brothers  

'Pianoforte-makers' since 1874

KING Brothers (**1904)

KING Brothers Ltd. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919)


8-10, Nisbet Place, High Street, Homerton, N.E. (**1904), Tresham Avenue, Hackney, N.E. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15





10, Swiss Terrace, Belsize Road, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), London


KING John Lovett 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1870  

86, Upper Street, Islington, N. (**1870), Highbury Corner, St. Paul 's Road, Islington, N. (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(**1895)(*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London



Patent of 1869 : "Sept 7, 1869. - T. KING. Check action." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 222

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer or inventor ca. 1869 London ?
KIPPAX J. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1855 Market Place, East Retford (xx1855), Nottingham
KIPPS William  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1884-1919

KIPPS William (**1884)

KIPPS William & Son (**1904)

KIPPS William & Sons (*1914)(*1915)(*1918)(*1919)


361, New Cross Road, S.E. (**1884), 10, Springbank Road, Lewisham, S.E. (**1904), 361, New Cross Road, S.E. (*1914)(*1915), 20, Sunderland Road, Forest Hill, S.E. (*1918)(*1919), London
KIRK Wheatley


Patent of 1836 : "Wheatley Kirk, of Commercial-street, Leeds, music-seller and manufacturer of piano-fortes, for certain improvements in pianofortes. May 14 ; six months." The pianoforte, its origin, progress, and construction, Edward F. Rimbault, 1860, p. 155 - or - "A.D. 1836, May 14. — N° 7094. KIRK, Wheatley. — Improvements in pianofortes. The invention consists primarily, fundamentally, and chiefly in the introduction of a double sounding board, and a complete metallic frame or support. The patentee rests his claim to originality on a new application and an invention, because as in the old system of manufacturing pianofortes "there was not a possibility of introducing a double sounding board for want of space,he substitutes a metallic frame for the ordinary wooden supports, props, or uprights, thereby leaving the interior entirely or sufficiently free for the insertion of a double sounding board. The sounding board is enclosed on all sides, similar to a violin, and in the form of a case. It is uniform in its thickness or depth of unoccupied space. It is free and independent of any direct and attached connexion with the frame into which it fits, thereby being in a state of release from the injurious effects to which the sounding boards on the old construction are subjected by the immense pull of the strings. Three apertures are cut in the sound board shown in the drawing for the same purpose as the sound holes in the violin." Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications Relating to Paints, 1871, p. 123


'Music-seller and manufacturer of piano-fortes' ca. 1837

Bankrupt in 13 june 1837, The Bankrupt Directory: Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts, with ..., 1843, p. 243

1845 - "William FULLER BOTELER, Esq. one of Her Majesty's Commissioners authorized to act under a Fiat in Bankruptcy, bearing date the 1st day of June 1837, awarded and issued forth against Wheatley Kirk, of Leeds, in the county of York, Piano Forte Manufacturer and Innkeeper, Dealer and Chapman, will sit on the 6th day of August next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon precisely, at the District Court of Bankruptcy, in the Commercialbuildings, in Leeds aforesaid (heretofore adjourned sine die), in order to take the Last Examination of the said bankrupt; when and where he is required to surrender himself, and make a full discovery and disclosure of his estate and effects, and finish his examination; and the creditors may be heard against his passing his last examination." The London Gazette, 1845, p. 21

Commercial-street (1835), Woodhouse Lane (1837), Leeds

(? - 1794)


'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1780-90



'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-43


4, Albert Street, Bedford Square (**1841), 4, Alfred Street, Bedford Square (*1843), London

(? - 1794)



Square pianoforte n° 15 of 1775, hammerfluegel.info


Nameboard of a square pianoforte of 1775, hammerfluegel.info

KIRKMAN Jacob & Abraham

Square pianoforte n° 15 of 1775, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Square pianoforte ca. 1778, The Schureck Piano Collection, Berowra Heights, NSW, Australia

Square pianoforte of 1778, Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Frederick R. Selch Center for American Music, Oberlin, U.S.
Square pianoforte of 1779, Collection Susanne Shapiro, Los Angeles, U.S.
Square pianoforte of 1783, Eric Feller Early Keyboard Instruments Collection, Germany

KIRKMAN Abraham & Joseph

Grand pianoforte of 1789, Eric Feller Early Keyboard Instruments Collection, Germany



'Grand Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1778-90, nephew and associate of Jacob KIRKMAN, see here below.

His son Joseph KIRKMAN was his associate in 1789, and later successor.


KIRKMAN Frederick

"FREDERICK KIRKMAN, Son of the late Mr. JOSEPH KIRKMAN, of No. 19, Broad Street, Golden Square. Grand Piano-Forte Maker to his Majesty, begs leave most respectfully to Inform the Nobility, Gentry, and his Friends, that he has succeeded to the Business of his late Father. He intends to continue the same on the Old Premises as above, which have been in the possession of his Family for upwards of a Century, and invites an Inspection of his choice Assortment of Instruments of every Description, ready for immediate Sale." The London Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, Etc, 03/07/1830, p. 438



'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1830

Son of Joseph KIRKMAN, see below.

19, Broad Street, Golden Squarel (*1830), London

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1823


13, Charles Street, Middlesex, Hospital (*1823), London

(1710 - 1792)


Harpsichord with additional piano action ca. 1758,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, M.A., U.S.


"Kirkman, Jakob (de son vrai nom Kirchmann), fondateur de la fabrique de pianos « K. and Sons », de Londres, etait d'origine allemande et arriva à Londres vera 1740. D entra comme ouvrier dans l'atelier de Tabel, où travaillait aussi Shudi (Tschudi), le fondateur de la maison Broadwood K. épousa la veuve de Tabel et laissa à sa mort, en 1778, une grande fortune. Ses pianos à queue (« harpsichords ») étaient très renoromés. K. n'ayant pas d'enfant, ce fut son neveu Abraham K. qui hérita le commerce de pianos, dirigé aujourd'hui encore par un descendant de ce dernier, Joseph K. Le « melopiano», inventé par Caldera, et consistant en une percussion des cordes répétée à intervalles très rapprochés au moyen de petits marteaux spéciaux, fut employe avec succès par K. et fut l'une des solutions les plus ingénieuses du probleme de la prolongation du son, au piano." Riemann Humbert Dictionnaire de musique 1899, p. 412-413 (Archive.org)


'Grand Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1780-90, see also Abraham KIRKMAN, just above

'KIRCHMAN' was born in Bischwiller, in the Alsace, France on 07/03/1710. He has studied by Hermann TABEL, married in 1738 with the widow of TABEL. He associated with his nephew Abraham KIRKMAN in 1772. The son of Abraham KIRKMAN, Josef KIRKMAN was his associate and later his successor. Later absorbed by CHAPPEL. (1)



'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1841-43


4, Alfred Street, Bedford Square (**1841)(*1843), London
KIRKMAN Joseph Grant

(1711 - 1792)




'Grand Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1800-16, son of Abraham KIRKMAN, see above. (1)

1809 - "M. en W. STODART maken enkel groote, geen kleine Piano Forto’s. BROADWOOD en Son maken groote en kleine ; insgelijks Jos. KIRKMAN, edoch niet van de waarde der vorige; nog eenige andere leveren Fabriekwerken." Nieuwste reize door Engeland, Schotland en Ierland, voornamentlijk ..., Philipp Andreas Nemnich, 1809, p. 287

KIRKMAN Joseph Junior (1822)



KIRKMAN Joseph & Son



Upright pianoforte ca. 1855, hammerfluegel.info


Nameplate of an upright pianoforte ca. 1855, hammerfluegel.info


To her Majesty and H. R. Highness The Prince Regent (*1817)

Grand Pianoforte ca. 1798, The Mobbs Keyboard Collection, Golden Bay, New Zealand
Square pianoforte of 1800, Collection of Susanna Piolanti, Italy

Square pianoforte of 1804, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Grand pianoforte ca. 1815-18, Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Sydney, Australia
Upright pianoforte ca. 1855, hammerfluegel.info
Grand pianoforte ca. 1863, Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia

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KIRKMAN on Wikipedia



'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1793-1903

KIRKMAN & Son (**1793), 'Harpsichord and Piano Forte Makers to her Majesty'

KIRKMAN Joseph (*1816)(*1817)(*1818)(**1818)(*1820)(*1823)(x1825)(*1830)


KIRKMAN Joseph [junior] & Son (x1842)(***1843)(*1851)(**1852)(*1858)(*1862)(*1865)(**1873)(**1874)(**1884)(**1885)(*1893)(*1897),  see just below

Fire in the manufactory in 10/08/1853. (5)

Succeeded by COLLARD & COLLARD in 1896.

In 1900 they already did made 48000 pianos. (1)

Patent of 1816 : "JOHN KIRKMAN, of Broad-street, St. James's, Westminster ; for a method of applying an octave stop to piano-fortes. Oct. 14, 1816." Annals of Philosophy, Volume 10, Thomas Thomson, Richard Phillips, Edward William Brayley, 1817, p. 73 - or - "Oct. 14, 1816. Joseph Kirkman. Two strings in unison and one with separate bridges tuned to the octave above, are struck by one hammer, forming an octave stop."  The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 201 (archive.org)

Patent of 1843 : "Joseph Kirkman, Junior, of Soho-square, piano-forte manufacturer, for improvements in the action of piano-fortes. — Sealed 19th January — 6 months for inrolment." The London Journal of Arts and Sciences, and Repertory of Patent Inventions, 1843, p. 77 - or - "Jan. 19, 1843. - J. G. KIRKMAN. Improved action (no specification)." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 207

Patent of 1870 : "April 8, 1870. - J. H. KIRKMAN. Steel bar in wrestplank." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 222

"PIANO-FORTE SALOON. - JOSEPH KIRKMAN, Eldest Son and only Apprentice of Joseph Kirkman, late of Broad Street, deceased, respectfully acquaints the Nobility, Gentry, and his Friends, that he has opened a spacious Saloon, 3, SOHO Square, next door to the Bazaar, for the sale of every description of Piano-forte, where he hopes to merit the support so liberally bestowed upon his late Father. There is at present a Splendid Assortment, not only of his own manufacture, but of every Maker of Eminence in London at Manufacturer's prices. Instruments of every description exchanged." The Harmonicon, Volumes 4-10, William Ayrton, 09/1830, p. 279

"IMPROVED SERAPHINE. Messrs. Kirkman and White, respectfully acquaint the Musical Public, particularly the Clergy and Profession, that they have now on Sale an assortment of their Improved Seraphines, adapted either for the Drawing Room or Chapel with or without German Pedals. These extraordinary Instruments are used at the Italian Opera House and other Theatres; may be heard at the Manufactory, 3, Soho Square, next door to the Bazaar." The Musical world, 08/04/1836, p. 132

Prize medal London, 1851 | Exhibitors list Dublin, 1853 | Exhibitors list London, 1862 | Exhibitors list Dublin, 1865 | Exhibitors list Paris, 1867 | Exhibitors list London, 1872 | Exhibitors list Vienna, 1873 | Exhibitors list London, 1885


DRAWING : View of the south side of Soho Square, showing the building of J. Kirkman & Son, Piano Forte Makers ca. 1880 (britishmuseum.org)


19, Broad Street, Carnaby Market [Golden Square] (**1793)(P1800)(*1816)(*1817)(*1818)(**1818)(*1820)(*1823)(x1825), Broad Street, St. James's, Westminster (*1817), 3, Soho Square (*1830)(*1836)(**1841)(x1842)(*1843)(***1843)(**1851)(**1852)(*1858)(*1862)(*1865)(*1867)(**1873), 9, Dean Street, Soho, W. (**1851)(**1852)(*1858)(**1882)(**1884), factory : Dufour's Place, Broad Street, Golden Square (x1842)(**1852), Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, W. (**1874), Bradmore Works, Hammersmith, W. (**1882), 3 [& 9], Soho Square, W. (**1882)(**1884)(**1885)(**1891)(*1893)(*1895)(*1897)(*1899)(*1903), 12a, George Street (late of 3, Soho Square, W.), Hanover Square, W. (**1895), London
KIRKMAN Joseph Junior

'Pianoforte-manufacturer' ca. 1825


6, Frith Street, Soho (x1825), London

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1900



Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1910

KITCHEN A. Mrs. (*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910)


407, Oxford Road (*1893)(*1895)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Manchester
KLEIN Henry & Co Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1895 84, Oxford Street, W. (**1895), London
KLEMM Raymund Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1880 36, Fennel Street (**1880), Manchester
KLINKER H. & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891 16-17, Fore Street, E.C. (**1891), London
KLINKER Hermann  

'Pianoforte-importer' ca. 1891-1915

KLINKER Hermann & Co Ltd. (*1915)


13, Fore Street, E.C. (**1891), 15-16-17, Fore Street, E.C. (*1915), London
KLITZ Charles John  

LONDON - "Mr. C. J. Klitz, Hanway street, has on view, at 3.643, a cottage case in dark rosewood. The front panel is filled in with painted satin. The legs, consisting each of four small clustered shafts with one capital above, are not very satisfactory in effect. There is another case decorated with good Italian ornament in marquetry." The Furniture Gazette, 01/07/1885, p. 310-311


'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884-1915

 Exhibitors list London, 1885

26, Hanway Street, Oxford Street, W.C. (**1884)(**1885)(**1891)(*1893)(**1895)(*1914)(*1915), London
KNAGGS Stephen Landé
| Laudé
'Pianoforte-maker' since 1882-1909  

3, Park Street, Islington, N. (**1884), Works : Park Street, Islington, N. (**1884), 17a, Park Street, Islington, N. (**1882)(**1891)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1899)(*1903)(*1906)(*1907)(*1909), London


KNAPTON & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' since 1896 London
KNAUSS & Sons 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1891 103, New Bond Street, W. (**1891), London



'Pianoforte-brand' since 1990 made by STROUD PIANO Co

And since 1993 made by WHELPDALE, MAXWELL & CODD.




'Pianoforte-maker' since 1936

Made already 64930 pianos in 1980. (1)


Loughton, Essex

Woodchester, Stroud

KNOLL Charles Louis

"KNOLL & CO., PIANOFORTE MANUFACTURERS, 187, Tottenham Court-road, London, beg to call the attention of Nobility, Gentry, Professors. Sec, to their
, Compass. 7 octaves, which is admitted to be equal to Three Unison Horizontal Grand, and more powerful and brillianttoned than any Cottage or Boudoir Pianoforte offered to the Public. It is built with iron bars, metallic plate, superior double action, and improved soft pedal, which avoids the shifting of the action, so that the tone, although soft, is not feeb'e. This instruments are of elegant construction, and are diked ani fluted behind, and so finished th it they may be placed in the centre or in any part of the drawing-room.
TWO UNISON OBLIQUE PIANOFORTE. Compass. 6 7/8 octaves, of the same construction, and with the same action as the above.
SEVEN OCTAVE COTTAGE PIANOFOBTE, With double action and improved soft pedal. Ditto, 6 7/8 octaves.
PICCOLO PIANOFORTES, Compass, 7 and 6 7/8 octaves, with C. Knoll's newly-invented double action and improved soft pedal. As to the quality of the material and workmanship of this Pianoforte, C. Knoll begs to refer to his long pFactical experience, acquired during a period of twenty years in the first and best Manufactories, as Foreman, Finisher, and Regulator; also to his having Finished the Grand Pianoforte exhibited by Messrs. Erabd at the Great Exhibition in 1851; and prepared all the Models of Actions submitted by Messrs. E«akd to the examination of the Jurors on that occasion, as well as superintended all the important branches in the manufacturing of their instruments. — Established 1852." The Musical Times, Volume 9, 01/02/1860, p. 198



'Pianoforte-maker' since 1852

KNOLL C. A. & Co (*1862)

KNOLL Charles Louis (**1863)

LONDON - "3419 Knoll, C. A Co. 187, Tottenham-ct.rd. W.—Grand and other pianofortes." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

LONDON - "Mr. Knoll showed a handsomely inlaid Oblique Piano, with the peculiarity of the strings being at the back of the instrument, and the hammers also striking at the back. This is accomplished by an ingenious system of levers, something similar to that employed by organ-builders, where the keys are at a distance from the instrument. With this plan properly carried out, it would be quite possible for a performer to play in one room while the piano is in another." The International exhibition. The industry, science, & art of the age, 1862, p. 150

LONDON - "Messrs. KNOLL and Co. (3419) exhibit several uprights. One in a handsome inlaid case, on a singularly oomphcated principle, with the strings and striking action at the back. They are awarded Honourable Mention for power of tone." Reports by the Juries on the subjects in the thirty-six classes into which ..., 1862, p. 148

Patent of 1862 : "Knoll. 26th February 1862. - 526. Charles Louis KNOLL, of 187, Tottenham Court Road, in the County of Middlesex, for an invention for Improvements in piano-fortes. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1863, p. 38 - or - "Feb. 26, 1862. - C. L. KNOLL. Connecting-rods from the keyboard to cause the action to strike upon strings at the back of the instrument." The History of the Pianoforte: With an Account of the Theory of Sound and ..., Edgar Brinsmead, 1889, p. 215

Exhibitors List London, 1862

187, Tottenham Court, Road W.(**1860)(*1862)(**1863), London
KNOTT Henry  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1870-93

KNOTT H. (**1870)

KNOTT Henry & Son (**1882)(**1884)

KNOTT & Son (*1893)


111, Pentonville Road, N. (**1870)(**1882)(**1884)(*1893), London

Patent of 1858 : "2819. Robert Lloyd Burrowes and John Knowles [Junior, of the same place, Mine Surveyor], of St. Helen's, Lancashire, for the construction of pianofortes and organs. — Dated December 9, 1858." The Repertory of patent inventions, 1859, p. 78 and read more : Mechanic's Magazine, 29/07/1859, p. 77


'Mine Surveyor' ca. 1858 St. Helen's, Lancashire
KOHLER Elizabeth  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1808-18

PERCIVAL & KOHLER (**1818), see also PERCIVAL


89, St. James's Street (*1808)(*1818), London
KOLLMAN Georges Augustus


THE novel features which characterize Mr. G. Kollmann's Horizontal Grand, Horizontal Square, Upright Grand, and Upright Semigrand PianoFortes, consist not merely in Improvements of One, or several of the various parts of which the Instrument is composed, while the Principles according to which it has hitherto been formed are retained, but in the application of superior Principles of such a nature, that these Pianofortes receive a new and improved construction in all their departments, obtaining by simple means the best results, namely in — Quality And Quantity Op Tone —Standing In Tune — Facility of Tuning — Good Touch — External Form — And General Durability.
The new qualities of the Horizontal Grand Pianoforte, may be briefly described as follows : —
1. The Hammers and Mechanism are placed Above the String, so that the Hammers Strike Down on the Strings Towards the Bridge and Soundboard. It is by this mode of action alone, that tone of the finest quality and greatest power is produced. In the usual Grand Pianofortes the Mechanism is placed Under the Strings, and the Hammers strike them Upwards, Away from the Bridge and Soundboard.
2. The Stringing and Soundboard have qualities by which the Quantity of tone in the Instrument is increased.
3. The entire Plan of Tuning is New, and rendered a mathematical operation, regulated with Ease and Certainty, by means of Screw power. Hence the Pianoforte can be tuned with exactness and facility. It stands firm in tune, and the strings can be renewed as often as may be desirable, without the mode of fixing them being lessened in security. i. The Mechanism is Simple, and acts with the least possible friction and resistance. The results of this arrangement are : 1. A good and easy touch, enabling the performer to produce every variety of expression and execution with facility — 2. Durability of the action's original state. 3. New features of Outline of the Pianoforte, by which it is rendered more Convenient and Elegant. The four Classes, of Mr. Kollmann's new Pianofortes, possess the qualities of the Horizontal Grand, therefore, although varying in form and dimensions, they all have the Grand Pianoforte Tone.
The above Pianofortes are to be seen at No. 21, Old Bond Street.

1. Horizontal Grand Pianoforte, of 6 ½ Octaves, in Rosewood, with massive Ornaments and feet of new design, &c. carved in solid Rosewood.
2. The above Pianoforte in every respect, but of Mahogany.
3. Ditto Rosewood without extra ornament.
4. Ditto Mahogany.
5. Horizontal Square Pianoforte of 6 ½ Octaves, three strings to each note, in Rosewood Case, ornamented, and with solid Rosewood feet, lyre, &c. The same Mechanism as in the Grand Pianoforte.
6. Ditto in Rosewood, Plainer.
7. Ditto in Mahogany.
8. Ditto Ditto with two strings to each note.
9. Upright Grand Pianoforte, 6 ½ Octaves, in every point the same as No. 1, in Rosewood. The elevation ot new design, with massive feet and ornaments of solid Rosewood.
10. Ditto in Rosewood, without ornaments.
11. Ditto in Mahogany.
12. Upright Semigrand Pianoforte, 6 ½ Octaves, in Rosewood, with solid plinths and feet, three strings to each note, and the same mechanism as in the Grand Pianoforte.
13. Ditto Ditto in Mahogany with two strings to each note."
The Musical World a weekly record of Musical Science, Literature, and ..., 1838, p. 296



'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1838-43

Bankrupt on 28 february 1840, The Bankrupt Directory: Being a Complete Register of All the Bankrupts, with ..., George Elwick, 1843, p. 245

Patent of 1825 : "G. A. Collman, of the Friary, St. James's palace ; for improvements in the mechanism and general construction of piano fortes. - Feb. 1825." Annual Register, Volume 67, Edmund Burke, 1826, p. 270 - more information : Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 12, 1826, p. 139 - "Feb, 6, 1825. — G. A. KOLLMAN. Down-striking grand-action and larger sounding-board." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 203 (archive.org)

Patent of 1839 : "To George Augustus Kollman, of the Friary, St. James's Palace, in the county of Middlesex, professor of music, in pursuance of a report of the Judicial Committee of her Majesty's Privy Council, of an extension of former Letters Patent for the term of seven years, from the 26th February, inst., for his invention of certain improvements in the mechanism and general construction of pianofortes. - Sealed 23d February." The London Journal of Arts and Sciences, and Repertory of Patent ..., 1839, p. 65 - and - The London Gazette, 20/03/1840, p. 710



"Mr. G. Kollman's Pianofortes. — The first Pianoforte was a simple instrument, the happy improvement on the harpsichord which suggested itself to the fertile mind of Gottlieb Schroeder rather more than a century ago. Many improvements have since been effected, for some of which, performers have been indebted to scientific men in no wise connected with the profession; thus the covering the base strings with wire, we owe to the suggestion of a literary gentleman attached to the British Museum; and we doubt not that pianists are equally indebted in a similar way for many other valuable additions to the mechanism of this delightful instrument. The imperfection of the pianoforte exists in the fact, that its strings are not immediately acted on by the finger, or in other words, the mechanism attached to the ivory note is but inadequately adapted to obey the every varying and delicate impulses which agitate the mind of a finished performer and well educated musician. Much however has been effected; and much more appears to be attempting, a result which may probably be ascribed in some measure to the visits of the wonder-working professors of the new school of pianoforte composition — Thalberg and Doehler. The music now written for the instrument, demands great power of tone — and of that quality which will travel through a large and crowded room; a simultaneous grasp of distant intervals, and a rapid enunciation of each note. Mr. Kollman, by his invention, professes to have added improvements in regard to each of these attributes. He states that he has gained the finest quality, and the great power of tone by certain peculiarities in the sound boardssion, and affording the utmost scope to a facile execution. By a novel arrangemant of the screws, Mr. Kollman reports himself to have arrived at a purer intonation, and this attained by the simplest means. On Monday a numerous audience assembled in the Hanover Square Kooms to witness an exhibition of the advantages which these instruments are understood to possess. Mr- Kollman performed on the occasion a sonata of his own composition, a concerto and grand trio by Beethoven, and (with Miss Hippon) the adagio and finale in Hummel's duet in A flat. He was assisted by Mrs. Bishop, Miss Birch, and Miss F. Woodham, vocalists; by Messrs. Blagrove, Hauseman, and others, instrumentalists. We shall inspect and try for ourselves Mr. Kollman's inventions; and shall then announce our opinion of their merits. At present, it will be seen, we entirely withhold any expression either of approbation or the contrary." The Musical World a weekly record of Musical Science, Literature, and ..., 1838, p. 137


21, Old Bond Street (*1838), Friary, St. James's Place (*1826)(*1839), 67, St. Martin's Lane (xx1840)(**1841)(*1843), London


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