c1798 Thomas Preston, square piano

c1798 PrestonThis firm was founded by John Preston about 1774 and they were music publishers as well as musical instrument makers. The firm became John Preston & Son in 1789 and Thomas Preston in 1798. This square piano dates to 1798 or 1799 and still retains a five octave keyboard compass. The nameboard inscription reads: “Patent, Thomas Preston, Londini, Fecit, 97 The Strand”.