A very pretty little pair of ornate brass Candle Sconces off a BRINSMEAD PIANO...they are 7" in length. John Brinsmead was born in Devon in 1814 and established himself in London as a piano maker in 1836. In 1861 his sons John and Edgar joined him and the firm became John Brinsmead and Sons in 1870. In 1883 John Brinsmead was awarded the right to place the distinction "Pianoforte Makers to HRH the Prince of Wales" on the company's pianos. In 1900 the firm became a Limited Company. At the end of 1919 there were rumours that Brinsmead's would have to close, the war having disrupted the work force. The workers went on strike, and by April production stopped at Brinsmead. The strike spread to other companies and the UK piano trade came to a halt. A compromise was reached in July, and the strike ended, but unfortunately Brinsmead's had been broken. Six months later a receiver was appointed. At their height Brinsmead's were producing 2000 pianos a year. The firm was wound up the following year and bought by Cramer's and then re-launched in 1921. In 1964 Kemble acquired the right to manufacture pianos bearing the names of Brinsmead and Cramer.
Item ID: 9360
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