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On some models of Chickering pianos the serial number can be found by removing the four screws under the very front of the piano and removing the piece of wood covering the front of the keys.
Hi, I had a cottage piano #15676 which was 1876 -the '76' has nothing to do with the year. A cottage piano is an upright grand.
i own the 26th chickering grand piano made. the serial# is 126 and chickering started making pianos in 1823 starting with serial# 100. took some time to find the number but it is about one inch high and located on the very end of the main frame, the opposite side of the chickering name stamped into the metal in the lower left habde corner wiith also the word Boston This is not the serial number but, rather, the scale number. The piano, if it looks like anything you have ever seen before, is much older than you suggest. Is it a grand? Robin
105D isnt the serial number its the model of Chickering piano like a Steinway model D. To know the value, you need to see the state of the piano. A piano looses value since its deteroirating when played, unlike a violin who stays ok, you just have to replace the strings. So look for a number like 33125 or 102135 thats the serial number and that will tell you which year it has been made.
I have one. It was manufactured in 1923, the 100th year anniversary of the Chickering company.
A Chickering piano is a brand of piano made by the famous piano makers Chickering and Sons who were located in Boston. They made many pianos that are still used to this day.
I own an 1883 Chickering square grand piano and the serial number was branded into the wood behind the keyboard. Where yours is will depend on the age of your piano since styles and sizes changed over time. If it was also restored at one time the restorer may not have replaced the number during restoration. If you go to Actionpianos webpage pianosrebuilt.com you can see a picture of my piano. I have had it for 7 months, I play it all the time and it sounds and looks wonderful. Chickering pianos are worthy of restoration. (in fairness, if i could, i would restore and horde every antique piano)
It's possible that pianos of the era didn't have serial numbers.
I own a 1909 model 121 Chickering quarter grand with the serial number printed in black on the left "rib" of the piano's metal plate, just in front of the dampers and near the tuning pins in the tenor section of the scale.
After hours of research & posting the question here I have found the answer. This particular piano was built in 1867.
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The value of a piano is not based upon its serial number (or age) - this piano being built between 1905 and 1910. More important is the condition of the piano. Does it need new hammers? How is the cabinet? How is the voicing? What are the condition of the strings? You might want to try the following website to get a better idea... http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm. Good luck. Mark Griggs
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