Chickering & Sons Grand Piano

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
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Chickering, Jonas
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
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
accession number
serial number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Henry Hoagland
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

1/19/2015 3:34:52 AM
Barbara Hancock
I would like to know the provenance of this piano. It is family lore that my great-grandfather William 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
7/23/2015 11:27:05 AM
Chickering Foundation
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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