The Decker Brothers Piano Company (not to be confused with Decker & Son) was famous for being awarded many patents used in modern piano manufacturing. Established in 1862 by John Jacob Decker, Decker Brothers built exceptionally well made grand, square grand, and upright pianos. Sadly, Decker Brothers were out of business before the turn-of-the-century due to the death of John Jacob Decker. Many historians speculate that Decker Brothers would have gone on to become one of the premier piano manufacturers of the 20th Century had Decker survived to manage operations. During the 19th Century, Decker Brothers was in the same league as famous brand names such as Steinway, Chickering, and Knabe.