One of those things which may go unnoticed at first glance, this is a metal plate which sits behind the pedals of an upright piano. Attached to the wooden bar or toe rail through which the pedals protrude, the plate is meant to protect the wood from scuffing or other damage by wayward feet.They might be called by other names such as kick plates, pedal guards or mouse guards, although strictly speaking a mouse guard involved means to actually block entry into the inside of the piano around the pedal. Generally the kick plate does not.
These plates don’t seem to be as common today as they once were and the ones we do see are generally a fairly thin plain sheet of metal. Back in the heyday of antique upright pianos, however, they were often quite decorative, adding a nice additional touch of class.
The metal was usually considerably thicker than common today, either solid brass or brass plated to match brass pedals, or nickle plated to match nickle pedals. The designs could be quite ornate.
If you are looking for something like this for your antique piano, you probably haven’t had much success. My inventory is extremely limited but I do have a small selection of a variety of these used vintage decorative pedal plates available.