Chickering & Sons

Chickering & Sons (not to be confused with Chickering Brothers) was the first actual piano factory in America, established in Boston in 1823 by Jonas Chickering with partner James Stewart. (The firm was known as "Stewart & Chickering" for a short time) From about 1830-1840, Chickering built some pianos under the name of Chickering & Mackay. John Mackay was a sea captain, and he would export Chickering pianos to South American, and in return, would bring back ships full of sweet smelling rosewood and mahogany for piano building. Mackay was lost at sea in 1841, and we have seen only a handful of pianos bearing the name Chickering & Mackay. Apparently they are very rare today. In 1852, the name of the firm was changed to Chickering & Sons when Chickering brought in his three sons, Thomas, Frank and George, as partners. Jonas Chickering died in 1853, and the firm was taken over by his son Thomas. Thomas Chickering died in 1871, and the firm was taken over by Frank Chickering. The remaining brothers died in the 1890s, as the firm continued to grow and thrive. In 1908, Chickering was sold to the American Piano Company, makers of some of America's better brand names. In 1932, the Aeolian Piano Company and the American Piano Company merged to create the Aeolian-American Corporation, and they continued to build the Chickering name for decades.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

19th Century Chickering & Sons Ads A few 19th Centuruy Advertisements For Chickering & Sons Piano Company
20th Century Chickering Advertisements Early 20th Century Advertisements From The Chickering & Sons Piano Company
Stewart & Chickering Advertisement Very early advertisement for Stewart & Chickering (later Chickering & Sons), Circa 1823
Chickering Pamphlet 19th Century Pamphlet For Chickering & Sons Piano Company, Circa 1871
George H. Chickering Bio 19th Century Newspaper Article Bio About George H. Chickering, Son Of Founder Jonas Chickering
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1889 19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1889
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1880 19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1880
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1883 19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1883
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1934 20th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1934

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