Jonas Chickering was the first piano builder in America, established in 1823. They are known for building some of the finest pianos in history.
Chickering was the first piano manufacturer in America, established in 1823. This lovely piano was built about a decade prior to the Civil War, and is one of the lucky instruments to survive over 150 years in the Southern United States. This piano is serial number 181, making the date of manufacture around 1823 - 1824 - very early in American piano manufacturing. It is made of Brazilian Rosewood, and is made in a more delicate Rococo Revival style. Note the beautifully carved legs and the elaborately carved moldings, all hallmarks of this classic style. Only a wealthy few could afford this type of instrument in the early 19th Century. This piano is a bit smaller and more dainty in appearance than most square pianos, making it ideal for someone with limited space. This piano is being restored to like new condition.