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EXTRAORDINARY BRINSMEAD SELLS WELL

Lot 60 in our  Auction Sale of the 22nd June 2017 realised the top end of our expectations.  Not only a wonderful marquetry inlaid case but inside an historic invention known as the ‘Brinsmead’s System of Consolidated Iron Wrest-Plank’.  From the ‘History of the Pianoforte’ by Edgar Brinsmead (his brother?) is the following excerpt:-


LATEST IMPROVEMENT OF THE PIANOFORTE
In the invention patented by John Brinsmead and Sons in March, 1884, the old-fashioned wrest-plank of wood is discarded, and an overhanging iron flange or bar projecting from the patent consolidated iron frame, takes its place. The wrest-pins are supplied with sexagon nuts, and the strings are fastened to the top or extreme end of these pins by a very simple appliance.
These pins are passed loosely through holes bored in the metal flange, their position being parallel to the strings; the metal nuts rest on the outer or top side of the flange which supports the strain, and, when turned, raise or lower the pins, and thus tighten or loosen the strings.


Lot 60 Brinsmead Grand (c1883).  Sold for £5,200.

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