Two antique square pianos for sale, in good playing order.

John Broadwood & Son, 1808.

Five-and-a-half octave piano with escapement action, giving a pleasant touch and clear tone especially suitable for Haydn and early Beethoven. Signed above the keys: John Broadwwod & Son / Makers to his Majesty & the Princesses / Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square / London 1808. Serial Number: 11372

Equipped with a newly made sustaining pedal, placed under the right foot (the original being lost). Six screw-in legs with reeded finish and brass collars and castors - all present and correct. Totally refurbished internally, with new leather and new cloth in all action parts where needed.

This piano works very well. Do not confuse with similar pianos on other websites.


Square Piano by Leonard Systermans, Paris, 1797

Five octaves, FF-f3, with the two-lever action, Paris-style over dampers, and four pedals - their functions being 1. buff stop [harp] 2. sustain [dampers] 3. Moderator [part of mechanism unhappily missing but could be rebuilt] 4. swell. The case is mahogany with exotic inlays, shellac polished to a high gloss. Original ivory keys in good condition. A well made instrument, with no measurable twist, and standing well in tune. Currently a=420.



1. BROADWOOD square piano, 1798. Complete and restorable. £480 [buyer collects] Legs missing.



Items 1 & 2 now sold






2. A stand with square tapering legs, from a converted 'dressing table' - matches the above piano. £150.

3. BROADWOOD square piano, circa 1812, in need of complete restoration. Ormolu mounts still there. Good case work, and lid, but keyboard must be married from another example of similar date. £180. (possible replacement action available)

4. Large quantity of well seasoned timber including:

Three boards of sawn honduras mahogany, never used, approx. 24 ins x 85 ins x 3/4in thick.

3 inch x 4 inch 'Russian Red' unsorted, (best quality deal) approx. 12 feet long, 30 years drying. A quantity.

Item 4 SOLD

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