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Molloyj,

 

My preliminary estimate of the year of manufacture of your Lachenal No. 90499 is circa 1886.

 

See my comment on dating of the manufacture of Lachenals, posted minutes ago to another thread on this forum (Age of My Anglo?).

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Quick check on Ancestry shows Thomas Dawkins, Importer and Manufacturer of Musical Instruments, living at 1 Highgate Rise, Kentish Town in 1861 and 1871. He was 54 in 1871, hence born about 1817. Place of birth Clerkenwell. His wife was Rosetta Weisbert Seiler, from Whitechapel - they married in 1840 and had at least 7 children, one of whom, also a Thomas, seems to have gone into the same business. The elder Thomas died between 1871 and 1881, when Rosetta, a widow, was living very comfortably at 1 Mansfield Villas, Hampstead, with four of her daughters and two servants. So presumably the later instruments are from Thomas the son.

 

Andrew

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