This instrument is an example of one of the earliest pianos ever manufactured in America!
For generations, the Chickering name has been associated with fine piano manufacturing. Jonas Chickering is known to be America’s first official piano manufacturer, however it is not as well known that Jonas Chickering first had a partner by the name of James Stewart during his first 3 years in business. These earliest pianos were labeled as “Stewart & Chickering” from about 1823 – 1826. In about 1826, Jonas Chickering admitted his sons into partnership and the firm was changed to the more well-known “Chickering & Sons”.
This piano is an incredibly early and rare example of one of the few original Stewart & Chickering pianos known to still exist. The instrument was built in 1824, making it one of the first pianos built in America. This lovely instrument is made of Honduran mahogany wood and is of the Early American style. Note the beauty in its simplicity; the beautifully turned legs and the richly figured mahogany woodgrain give this piece an overall regal and elegant appearance.
This piano is being restored to like-new condition, inside and out, with a historical perspective in mind. This rare instrument is of true museum caliber and is an important part of America’s musical heritage.