Folding Music Bar Stand by Prowse

Folding Music Bar Stand by Prowse


This mahogany portable Music Stand or Lectern is a well-known, classic design, folding down neatly for ease of travel.

It is made of a series of bars riveted to each other that fold out from the wider central bar to form the frame. Inset to the back of the central bar is the foot and a fixing bar which can be set to three positions to determine the angle of the stand. Although a common item, this Music Stand is unusual for being stamped with a retailer's name. It's likely that a number of different workshops made these stands but this is the first we've seen with a name.

Keith, Prowse & Co. 48 Cheapside, London is stamped to the wood. The company did well, running their ticket agency alongside their music and instrument retail business. Having been listed at just the one address from 1830, between 1880 and 1899 they dramatically increased their addresses to include 3 Grand Hotel building, 48 Victoria Street, 4 First Avenue Hotel Buildings, 1 Prince's Buildings, Coventry Street, 167 New Bond Street and 47 Kensington High Street. Some of these addresses, given their nature, may have been just ticket offices. The company continues to this day selling Corporate Hospitality at events.

This form of Music Stand has been popular since its inception for its clever design and this example stands out for being stamped by a retailer. Mid 19th Century.

Folded size is given.


Height 3.17 cm / 1 "
Width 22.85 cm / 9 "
Depth 4.44 cm / 1 "

Mid 19th Century






Keith, Prowse & Co. 48 Cheapside, London

Furnishing The Empire