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Antisell, Thomas M.
The Antisell Piano Company was founded by Thomas M. Antisell in the early 1870s, with their first factory listed at 710 Arch Street, San Francisco, California.  The firm specialized in manufacturing square grand pianos during their peak of popularity in the last quarter of the 19th Century.

Although our archives show these pianos as being manufactured first in San Francisco, T. M. Antisell soon established factories in New York and Philadelphia. By about 1880, Antisell had moved to larger facilities at 1536 Morris Street, Philadelphia and 614 Washington Street in San Francisco in order to produce their line of square grand pianos in larger numbers.  Unfortunately, T. M. Antisell failed to realize that square grand pianos would soon be going out of fashion as the upright piano gained in popularity.

By 1885 the firm had added an impressive line of upright pianos to their product line, but unfortunately this transition from manufacturing square grand pianos to manufacturing upright pianos may have come too late to save the firm.  Archives show no mention of T. M. Antisell’s firm by the mid 1890’s, indicating the firm was likely out of business before the turn of the 20th century.

Instrument built by Antisell are quite rare today, but the extent instruments we have seen come through our shop have been very elaborate, well made instruments.

Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?

Antisell Piano Catalog 1885
T. M. Antisell Piano Company Sales Catalog, Circa 1885