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In 1740 a German Harpsichord maker named Jacob Kirchmann immigrated to London and changed his name to Jacob Kirkman.  Kirkman was a very successful builder of harpsichords and forte-pianos in London, and he died a very wealthy man in 1778. Kirkman’s sons continued in the manufacturing of pianos and harpsichords, and maintained their stellar reputation in the European manufacturing industry well into the 19th Century.
During the 19th Century, the firm became associated with the illustrious Collard & Collard Piano Company. Collard & Collard produced pianos under the “Kirkman” brand name until going out of business in 1960.

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Mid 19th Century News paper Article Featuring The Kirkman Piano Company, London Circa 1862