Rare Chickering & Sons Cocked Hat Grand Piano

The “Cocked Hat” grand is a piano that is a cross between the square grand piano and the grand piano. This model was short-lived and these pianos are very rare today.

$85,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
DEPOSITS: The restoration of this instrument has not been completed. A 30% deposit is required on instruments pending restoration. This deposit holds the instrument and keeps it from being offered to another clients, and it also makes that piano’s restoration a priority. Once we complete the restoration, we invite the client to visit our shop to see and hear the piano. If the client is unable to visit our shop, we will send professional photos and videos of the piano for review. The client then has the option of paying the balance and purchasing the piano, transferring their balance to another piano in our shop, or getting a full refund for their deposit. The client is never at risk.
For Sale
Pay a 30% deposit per item
YEAR: 1854
LENGTH: 5 feet, 10 inches
FINISH: Brazilian Rosewood
STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration

Today’s traditional Grand Piano was patterned after the Harpsichord, and the Square Grand Piano was patterned after the Clavichord. The “Cocked Hat” Grand Piano is basically a Piano that was patterned after the shape and overall design of the Spinet. Mechanically they are designed and built the same as the 19th Century Square Grand Piano, but their shape and stringing pattern is very different. Rather than being strung from front to back (as in a Grand Piano) or from side to side (as in a Square Grand Piano), Cocked Hat Pianos have the strings fanned out in an unusual angle that could almost be described as diagonal.
Chickering & Sons was the first piano manufacturer in America, build pianos in Boston as early as 1823. This Chickering “Cocked Hat” square grand piano is one of the finest examples of the American “Cocked Hat” grand pianos we’ve seen. It is made of beautifully carved Brazilian Rosewood and is of the Empire Revival Victorian style. Note the beautiful ivory keyboard which is in perfect condition. This piano is an important part of America’s musical evolution and history and is being restored to perfection inside and out.


Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?

Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1880
19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1880
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1883
19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1883
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1928
19th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1889
Chickering Illustrated Sales Catalog 1889
20th Century Chickering & Sons Illustrated Sales Catalog, Circa 1928