Sunday, 2 November 2014

Chappell Piano Serial Nos.



Year
Serial No.
Year
Serial No.
1910
49440
1941
81000
1912
52800
1947
81600
1914
56100
1948
82000
1916
59000
1950
82500
1918
62000
1952
83000
1920
65000
1954
83751
1922
67000
1956
84463
1924
69000
1958
85310
1926
71400
1960
85832
1928
73200
1963
86500
1930
75250
1964
86700
1931
75800
1966
87400
1933
77200
1968
87800
1935
77600
1969
88200
1937
79200
1974
91000
1939
80000
1976
91500
1940
80870
1977
91800

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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