I recently bought a mixed batch of rolls and some of them (65 note only) were manufactured by "Colleys Patents Ltd" of 18-20 Farringdon Road, London, E. C. The numbers I have range from 1098 - 1285.
I've never seen this maker before, although other's members have, I suspect that they must have been fairly small - or local to the SE. Has anyone any more details, like;- were they an independent manufacturer (not just a 'name' roll), and how big a catalogue did they have.
The only reference on the internet seems to be a short reference in the MMReview of March 24th 1906 as they were asking for a distributor/Player Mfg in the USA to exchange distribution rights.
The article says " In conversation with a number of American piano player manufacturers who visit London occasionally they expressed an entire unacquaintance with this firm, "
I do love that word 'unacquaintance', although the spell checker doesn't !
Anyone have more details please ???
Play it again Sam.