A Broadwood of 1787 owned by the author is drilled for a trestle stand, used sparingly (indication of one or two ‘fittings’ into the piano bottom) then converted to a French Frame by Broadwood or a competent frame maker who matched the inlay and mahogany color rather well.Kirckman of 1777, possibly the first appearance of a French stand in England Around 1807, a six legged version was introduced, possibly to accommodate the increasing size of the instrument, and to keep in style. The last style, introduced in the early 1820s (a Clementi has surfaced at auction in Dec.Fortunately for the researcher, the majority of early pianos by the principle makers were dated on the nameboards, removing much doubt of when they were made.An example of a Beck signed and dated 1777 on the soundboard but 1778 on the nameboard simply indicates a late year production.
Such a piano, a Frederick Beck of 1773 is given below with a guideline for when the general trestle stand was in style.
If you do buy from a private seller, I'd recommend hiring a professional to have it valued and examined first, to make sure you're not getting a 'dud.' If you're looking for an antique piano bench or an antique piano lamp, you can find these in local antique shops or online, and these are far cheaper of course.
The term 'restored' means internal and external restoration and rebuilding, as well as refinishing and cleaning.
This is a positive thing if you're wanting to buy one for yourself..not so great if you're wanting to sell one!
Antique piano values will depend on many factors, such as size, manufacturer, origin, condition, and restoration to name just a few.