Antique music stands
Antique music stands are devices for holding sheet music for musicians, made over 100 years ago.
Background and Description
A music stand is ‘a rest or light frame used to support sheet music’ (Oxford English Dictionary). It allows the musicians hand to remain free to play the instrument, while the music remains at a practical height for reading.
Antique is defined by the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act as anything created over 100 years previously.
A music stand is made up of a support for the music, raised upon a freestanding column or tripod. They are often height adjustable.
Antique music stands are often made out of wood, and many are elaborately decorated.
Modern music stands are often made of metal and can be folded for ease of transportation.
Collecting antique music stands
Great care must be taken when assuring a music stand is definitely antique, as a number of modern replica antique-style music stands are manufactured.
Collectors may choose to focus on one era or one particular manufacturer.
Antique music stands that once belonged to or were used by famous musicians are particularly sought-after and valuable.
The value of antique music stands can vary hugely depending on age, quality, condition, rarity, and manufacturer.
Top end examples can sell at auction for tens of thousands. Unexceptional antiques can be found on eBay and the like for a few hundred.