Piano / pianola

Henry Tolkien, Manufacturer

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Maker and Role
Henry Tolkien, Manufacturer
Piano ex Pianola. Apparently this piano used to contain a self-playing mechanism (i.e. it used to be a pianola). It was made by Henry Tolkien of London, probably during the 1830s. This piano was donated by St Stephens school in return for a piano that their students could use. It is a vertical stringing piano, bi-stringing in treble with 7 octaves. Piano is made of wood. Two panels on the piano are decorated with a cut-out floral pattern. Legs are elaborately carved and stained dark.
Signature/Marks and Type
Patent / Henry Tolkien / 27, 28 & 29 King William St. London Bridge, & 30 Regent St, / LONDON
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Credit Line
Henry Tolkien. Piano / pianola, 1982.809. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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