Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Nathaniel Berry Serial Nos.


Year
Serial No.
Year
Serial No.
1896
6880
1930
26699
1898
7450
1932
29229
1900
8250
1934
31547
1902
8908
1936
34652
1904
9500
1938
38522
1906
10503
1940
41700
1908
11246
1942
42250
1910
12159
1946
42290
1912
12676
1947
42320
1914
13347
1948
42450
1916
14265
1950
42700
1918
16000
1952
43050
1920
17000
1954
43383
1922
18272
1956
44260
1924
19945
1958
44614
1926
21713
1960
45084
1928
24159
1966
46191

These serial numbers can be used only as a reference point
An Exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment of a piano - a year or so out 120 years ago really is neither here more there.

The idea that 100% accuracy for all piano makers over a century ago is an interesting thought - but considering that all record keeping would be hand-written and kept in large ledger books, inaccuracies are likely. These records will be as reliable as the clerks whose job it was to keep them. The digital age of barcodes and scanned labels was still in the realm of science fiction. So we have to be content with our best guess numbers.

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6 comments:

  1. Hi I have a NB piano with 12431 stamp on it?

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  2. Hi I have a nathaniel Berry upright piano with a maker number of 6205

    Anyone have info on age and value please ????

    many thanks in antisipation

    Cheers Barry

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  3. Hello. I have an upright piano made by Nathaniel Berry and Sons of London. The serial number is 11555. I want to get it repaired but the repairman says he needs the year manufactured and type of wood. Could you please help me?

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    1. Hi, sorry for slow response!
      Serial Number implies it was made 1908/1909.
      Alas - Berry pianos were not brilliant pianos to start with so really has little value and not with spending a lot of money to repair!
      Sorry for bad news - and again for being late!

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  4. Hi, I got for free piano made by Nathaniel Berry & Sons London sn. 23996 that suggest year 1927 Looks good and need some cosmetic repair. Is it worth to repair it? What's the real value of it?

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  5. Hi,
    If you need it to be a nice-looking piece of furniture, it might make sense to tidy it up but there is no real value to it. Sorry!

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