Spencer [John Spencer & Co.]
- Margaret Cranmer
English firm of piano makers, part of John G. Murdoch & Co. Ltd, importers, dealers, publishers, and manufacturers of consumer goods. The firm was established in London by John G. Murdoch (b Huntingtower, Perthshire, 1830; d 1902) in 1884. Its pianos were sold throughout England and Scotland in the Murdoch music shops, which had developed from a small business selling bibles and musical boxes through agents in country towns. Distribution was claimed to extend throughout the British Empire. Production, from the Spencer factory in Chalcot Road, Primrose Hill, concentrated on cheap, durable uprights, but a few grands were made, of which the 5′ model achieved some success. The company’s advertisements quoted an approving remark from the Duchess of Cornwall, later Queen Mary. The talented works manager John Furey wrote ...