Antique Instruments For Sale

Spinet by Longman and Broderip N°129, London c.1785

We offer for sale this spinet by Longman and Broderip made in London c.1785, stamped "N°129" on the wrestplank. This spinet has a mahogany case, banded in harewood with boxwood stringing, with the veneers reversed in the keywell. The soundwell is veneered in sycamore with stained fruitwood stringing. The soundboard is in spruce with the bridge and nut in beech. The 5 octave keyboard is a later replacement with the compass FF to e3. The trestle stand in mahogany is also a replacement.

The nameboard inscription reads: "Longman and Broderip Musical Instrument Makers ⁄ N°26 Cheapside and N°13 Haymarket, London".

This spinet is tuned to A=440.
Case dimensions: 1914 × 762mm.
Overall height: 851mm.

Longman and Broderip were musical instrument dealers active between 1776 and 1796, although Longman was working with various partners from 1769 and the company continued well into the 19th century as Clementi & Co. and Collard & Collard. Among the makers who worked for Longman and Broderip were John Geib, Christopher Ganer and Thomas Culliford; we recently restored a Longman & Broderip spinet very similar to this instrument which was signed "Culliford Maker, London 1782" under the soundboard.

Some restoration work has been undertaken to return this instrument to a fine playing condition.

This spinet is available to play and inspect by appointment.

Price on application.