To anyone with an answer:
I bought a (very heavy) upright piano in 1977 which was built in 1910 by the company Schleicher & Sons of Stamford, Connecticutt.
According to my piano encyclopedia, the company only operated under its own name in the years 1909 and 1910, then seems to have been sold to, or perhaps was absorbed by, some other company (which one is not stated in my book). This was very common with small piano companies at that time (and still is).
This is a very solidly made instrument built of oak with beautiful bas-relief flowers and leaves carved into the frontpiece. It has a particularly wonderful bass sound I have not heard in any other piano. I am aquiring a baby grand and sadly have just arranged to sell this Schleicher upright to make room for the "new occupant". I will be sorry to see it go.
Does anyone posting here know WHO the Schleicher family of Stamford CT in 1909-1910 might have been ? I presume they had some German or Polish or related ancestry, and were among the millions who emigrated to North America for a better way of life. They likely had a similar business in the old country and may even have left some of the family behind to continue working in the piano-building business.
Did they perhaps merge their business with another one after 1910 ? Might the founders or partners have continued to build pianos for the new owners after this ? Does anyone in your family line have a history as a piano builder or tuner, or were they perhaps a pianist or musical artist of some kind ?
What part of Europe would this Schleicher family have come from ? Did they prosper in America ?
Any clarification or comments are welcome.
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