Francis Bacon is one of the oldest and most historical of all American piano manufacturers. Originally started by the famous business tycoon John Jacob Astor along with piano makers Robert Stodart and William Dubois in 1789, the firm was originally known as Dubois & Stodart until 1836. In 1836, Stodart retired and George Bacon joined the firm. In 1841, Dubois left the firm and Bacon was joined by brothers Richard & Thomas Raven, and the firm’s name was changed to Bacon & Raven.
After the death of George Bacon in 1855, his son Francis Bacon joined the firm and the name of the firm was changed to Raven, Bacon & Company. In 1862 the name of the firm was again changed to simply “Raven & Bacon”. In 1872, Richard M. Raven died and the firm was taken over by Thomas Raven at which time the name of the firm was changed to “Raven & Company”. In 1871, Karr joined the firm and the name was changed to Bacon & Karr.
In 1904, the firm was incorporated as the Francis Bacon Piano Company. Francis Bacon continued building pianos with great success until the 1920’s era when the firm was absorbed into industrial giant Kohler & Campbell. Kohler & Campbell continued building the Francis Bacon name until 1934.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
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Illustrated Francis Bacon Catalog, Circa 1880
Illustrated Francis Bacon Catalog, Circa 1915
Francis Bacon Piano
Late 19th Century Francis Bacon Piano Company Advertisements, Circa 1881