Chickering & Sons Grand Piano

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Description (Brief)
This grand piano was made by Chickering and Sons in Boston, Massachusetts in 1865. This piano is identical to the one that Chickering won a gold medal with at the Paris Exposition in 1867. The piano is serial number 27733 and has a compass of AAA-c5, Edwin Brown patented action, copper-wound and plain steel strings, 1, 2, or 3 strings per note, layers of felt hammers, 2 pedals: una corda and damper lifter, a one-piece cast-iron frame, straight-strung, and a rosewood veneer case.
Currently not on view
date made
Chickering, Jonas
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
felt (hammers: material)
copper-wound and plain steel (strings: material)
cast-iron (frame: material)
rosewood veneer (case: material)
overall: 96 cm x 141.5 cm x 249.5 cm; 37 25/32 in x 55 23/32 in x 98 7/32 in
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accession number
serial number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Henry Hoagland
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


How can we best find the provenance of a Chickering & Sons Series F baby grand piano (Model # 125678 in the piano) The Series F information I obtained from the 1928 Chickering & Sons catalogue Please and Thank You
I would like to know the provenance of this piano. It is family lore that my great-grandfatherWilliam Hancock of Danville Pa gave this Chickering concert grand piano to his wife Mary Ann (Reay) Hancock in the 1860's as a wedding gift
"Hi,According to the sales ledgers (generously made available to the public by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History), this piano was shipped from the factory on April 21, 1865 to Chickering's sales room in New York City. Unfortunately, no further information is presently available regarding the purchaser or further shipping from the New York location.Best regards.Greg Bennett"

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