Grand Piano labelled Longman and Broderip, made by John Crang Hancock
This extremely rare instrument, circa 1784, is one of the earliest surviving English Grand Pianos.
The mahogany case inlaid with ebony and fruitwood lines is raised on a trestle stand with square tapering legs on wooden ball castors. It has three harpsichord style case hooks.
The five octave keyboard FF-f3 has ivory naturals and ebony capped accidentals.
It is bi-chord throughout with an undivided bridge.
The Anglo/German action is accessed from underneath; an unusual feature found on other extant pianos by Hancock.
This important very early example of a grand piano has been restored to good playing condition.