Ferdinand(o) Pianoforte Manufacturers
Arthur Ferdinando - Piano Maker
Click on image to enlarge it in a new window
Above are pictures of Pianos manufactured by Arthur Ferdinando (1860-1925). Arthur was a son of Joseph Young and Eliza Davis. There were two Pianos in the family until a lady who saw this web site contacted me and now there are three as I am now the proud owner of one (No. 2) above. The other pictures are from (1) Malcolm and Judith Woricker the other Piano is owned by (3) Ronald & Olive Ferdinando and my grateful thanks to them for making this available to us. John Ferdinando also pointed out that we have another Pianoforte manufacturer & tuner in George Ebernezer Ferdinand so perhaps there is a Ferdinand Piano also out there somewhere?
I have put together all of the photographs of the Ferdinando Pianos here and in the Artefacts Gallery, follow this link to go there.
Arthur also sold musical boxes and I understand that one of these exists as well.
George Ebernezer is a son of John Ferdinand and Rachel Lepine and was born on the 11th April 1818. This would make him the earliest manufacturer in the family unless, again, you know different?
Perhaps a Fourth Piano Too!
I was extremely pleased to hear from Bill Kibby whose Web Site on Piano History can be found by following this LINK who actually tuned a Ferdinando Piano and dropped me a line with the following information:
"A Ferdinando upright owned by Father O'Malley, which I used to tune in Hackney, London, was remarkable only for the fact that when the room was altered, the piano became trapped, and was unlikely to ever come out in one piece. To be sure! It was a typical commercial vertical-strung overdamper upright.
1880 Not listed as a piano maker in the Post Office London Directory.
1886 Not listed in Kelly's Directory of the Cabinet & Furnishing Trades.
1892 Not listed as a piano maker in my Post Office London Directory, but
Arthur Ferdinando is listed in the Street Directory as being at 214, Grove Road, Mile End, E.
The only Ferdinando in the Commercial Directory is Joseph Henry, oilman, 148 Green Street, Bethnal Green E.
1894 Not listed in Kelly's Directory of the Cabinet & Furnishing Trades.
1899 Not listed in Kelly's Directory of the Cabinet & Furnishing Trades.
1911 Kelly's Directory of the Cabinet & Furnishing Trades; Pianoforte Makers & Warehouses include Arthur Ferdinando, 214 Grove Road London E.
1914 Music Trades Directory lists Arthur Ferdinando, 214 Grove Road London E. Pianos.
1928 Musique Adresses Universel lists Arthur Ferdinando, 214 Grove Road, Victoria Park London E.3. Pianos."
Please visit Bill's web site and our grateful thanks for adding a link on his web site asking for more information about Arthur or indeed George Ebernezer.
In the 1901 Census are a whole batch of Piano related occupations including:
There are a couple of potential books for following up Piano Manufactures: