Horatio E. Worcester is first listed as working with the piano maker John Osborn in Albany, NY. In 1834, Worcester is listed as a piano maker at 8 Warren Street, New York City. Horatio Worcester was best known as being a partner in the prominent firm of Stodart, Worcester & Dunham from 1836 – 1844.
In 1845, Worcester was again building pianos under his own name at 139 Ave. 3, New York City. Records show that by 1858, Horatio Worcester’s shop was building as many as 8 pianos per week. Worcester was known for building very well made instruments and he enjoyed a stellar reputation within the industry.
Although Worcester’s firm was overshadowed by younger and more innovative makers, he preferred a conservative approach to business, remaining small and manageable compared to his larger contemporaries. Horatio Worcester continued to be a respected member of the trade for decades, building pianos until his death in 1890. Instruments by Horatio Worcester are of museum caliber and deserve the finest restoration and preservation available.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
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Early 19th Century Advertisement For The Horatio Worcester Pianos
Worcester Newspaper Article
19th Century News Paper Article Featuring The Worcester Piano Company, Circa 1862