Chauncey D. Pease originally established his firm as “C. D. Pease & Company” in 1844 in Cooperstown, NY. In 1873, C. D. Pease entered into partnership with Gustavus W. Kindstrom, forming the firm of “Pease & Kindstrom” This firm was dissolved a year later and in 1874 the firm was reorganized as “Pease & Company” and had relocated to New York City. In 1888, C. D. Pease retired and the firm was taken over by his sons Harry D. Pease and and Samuel C. Pease.
Pease pianos were exported to several foreign countries including England, South America, Australia, Cuba. In the early 20th Century, Pease built a line of pianos under the “Wilbur” brand name. Wilber was built as an affordable alternative to the costlier “Pease” brand name. Pease also built pianos for The Charles H. Ball Piano Company, a large Chicago retailer, under both the “C. H. Ball” and “Auditorium” brand names. During the Great Depression era, Pease was purchased by the large Winter Piano Company. Winter produced the Pease brand name until about 1950.
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