John Broadwood and Sons Grand pianoforte serial number 16586 year 1846
Rare Piece only two known to exist
John Broadwood Grand serial number 16586 was finished on the 10 February 1846. On 11 March 1846 the piano, described as a Bichorda Patent repetition, was sent to a Mr Watson, 42 spring Street Sussex Gardens Hyde Park, to be ornamented. Two weeks later on 25th March 1846, the piano came back from Watson to John Broadwoods. On the 5th October the same year, the piano described as a ‘walnut tree inlaid with marquetrie and ebonized mouldings’ was sold to D E Colombine delivered to The Lodge, Thistle Grove, Brompton, for a price of 160 Guineas.
The last time Broadwoods saw the piano was on the 6th November 1879 when the piano belonged to Mrs Digby Lloyd of Parc Captane, Billere Pau, and the piano was to be repaired to Captain Morgan Lloyd, Camolin House, Camoline,County Wexford,Ireland. The invoice for the work was to Mrs. D. Lloyd, Maison Farques, 1 rue Faget de Baine,Pau
The same model made by John Broadwood and sons, made one year earlier, was hired by H.R.H Queen Victoria in Buckingham Palace for her Masquerade Ball in 1851 called "The restoration Ball" in 1851. This special Masquerade ball was with the style of the period of Charles II and was said to have been one of the most fantastic Balls ever held at Buckingham Palace.