Black Friday 2020 Conrad Narvesen: An Early New York Piano Maker From Norway

Conrad Narvesen established his piano enterprise in 1847 in New York, and operated his firm as a sole proprietor till he turned a naturalized citizen in 1860.

In 1861 he turns into accomplice with Ihlseng and Lindsted and the corporate reorganizes as Ihlseng, Narvesen & Lindsted.

Lars G. Ihlseng was from Norway, who was a piano vendor earlier than going into a brief partnership with Narvesen.

Lindsted withdrew simply two years later in 1863. The agency reorganized as Ihlseng & Narvesen and so they solely survived a 12 months collectively which ended by the tip of 1864.

Now working alone, Narvesen was later joined by his son in 1869, and so they labored collectively till 1877.

Narvesen, as soon as once more working alone, was joined by new companions in 1880 to type Narvesen, Bergmann & Haugaard.

In 1881, Richard M. Walters purchases Narvesen’s piano enterprise. Walters was an investor who additionally owned a retail enterprise and an public sale enterprise. Narvesen, Bergmann & Haugaard all proceed to work as superintendents for Walters of their respective departments.

1885 – R.M. Walters strikes the corporate to a greater location in upstate New York. His firm was well-known for permitting prospects to buy musical devices in installments.

In 1889, R.M. Walters who was a well-liked character, was usually featured in musical magazines. His photographs depict a good-looking and assured enterprise man with a distinguished mustache that turns into one along with his sideburns. He wore properly made fits usually with a flower in his lapel.

He surrounded himself with different well-known individuals. His enterprise supervisor was William Barton Stone, a well-known Indianapolis composer of “The Lambs Polka”, “The Souvenirs Music”, “The Drover Waltz”, and the “Parnell Funeral March”. Walters and Stone attended many charitable occasions, with Stone appearing because the parade Sheriff on one event, and was famous as being an excellent horseback rider.

Walters passes away in 1902 from Typhoid fever. He handed away at his brother’s home and stored his sickness secret till his demise. His demise got here as a terrific shock to his buddies.

I discover no point out of the corporate after 1902, and it was almost certainly liquidated right now.

I discovered an early advert of Narvesen and it’s duplicated beneath:

Pianos! Pianos!


Producer of



71,73 & 75 East twenty second st.,

(Guess. 4th & Lexington Ave) New York.

The undersigned invitations the eye of the general public

And the commerce typically to those celebrated devices of his personal manufacture, constructed of the very best seasoned supplies, having all the newest enhancements.


French Grand Motion, Massive Scale.

These piano fortes should not surpassed

For energy and great thing about end, sturdiness, purity, energy and singing high quality tone.


They’re warranted for the total time period of seven years.

The inspection of the musical public is respectfully solicited, Liberal Phrases to Sellers, Academics and Clergymen.

Round worth Lists despatched upon utility.


71, 73, & 75 EAST twenty second St., New York

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