Dating chickering and son piano
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Caution: When unscrewing and removing the cheek blocks, Scroll down below to find the (1) manufacturer of your piano, and then (2) click on the link to find the serial number.Chickering & Sons was an American piano manufacturer located in Boston, Massachusetts, known for producing award-winning instruments of superb quality and design. Barnum who persuaded Jenny Lind - the Swedish Nightingale - to make a concert tour of the United States.The company was founded in 1823 by Jonas Chickering and James Stewart, but the partnership dissolved four years later. After her agreement, Barnum commissioned the Chickering company to manufacture a custom grand piano for her nationwide tour, ultimately involving 93 performances.By 1830 Jonas Chickering became partners with John Mackay, manufacturing pianos as "Chickering & Company", and later "Chickering & Mackays" until the senior Mackay's death in 1841, and reorganized as "Chickering & Sons" in 1853. The piano was completed by August 1850; Lind arrived in September and the concert series began in Boston.Her pianist was Otto Goldschmidt, whom she married at the end of her tour. Steinway (Steinweg) and his large family arrived in New York as immigrants from Germany.Henry attended the opening night of the NYC concert series but showed little interest in the diva.
His profound interest was in the Chickering piano, to which he dashed for such careful examination that he nearly had to be hauled away so the concert could begin.
The company became in 1908 part of the American Piano Company (Ampico).
The firm also ran the "Chickering Hall" concert auditorium in New York City at no.130 Fifth Avenue, 1875-1901.
2) Under the opened lid on the ledge, stamped on a little plaque, to the right or to the left.
3) Stamped on the back of the piano; near the top of the wood frame.
After lifting up the lid, look along the top front area of the plate.