Chickering and MACAYS museum piece exceedingly rare now rock
1839 Chickering and Mackay square grand piano, as in the Orchard House of Louisa May Alcott.
Attention! 5000USD restauration and over 2000USD for the piano I have paid!
IT HAS A SERIAL NUMBER (3896) SO THERE´S NO MISTAKING IT´S AUTHENTICITY.
Restored for $5000 and is being tuned now and ready to go.
For a good look at one in a museum, go to the Orchard House, where Luise May Alcott grew up with one. (louisamayalcott.org/) In the parlour room it can be viewed from all angles.
Your chance to own a 175 year old piece of American history!
This work of art has been restored and used the finest wood John Macay could find in South America at the time. It should to go to a lucky home, that wants an EXCEDINGLY RARE piece of American heritage.
The keys are all original and in perfect shape; It would seem it was played very little, which would also explain why the restorer, Mel Sherman, was able to use the original dampers. A few of the hammers have been replaced, but "175 YEAR OLD HAMMERS ARE HARD TO FIND", he told me.
The piano case has been completely refinished, keeping the original rosewood finish. The piano has diamond shaped inlaid rosewood surrounding the top of the piano lid.
Trumpet legs and the music pedal system have been duplicated to the original specifications.
The piano was made in 1839 and this type of piano was made only in years of 1835-1840 (when Chickering and Mackay were in business together),
thus making it an extremely rare piano of the early 1800´s.
I have put $5000 into the restoration alone and have the reciept form the restorer, who is tuning it and getting it ready for sale now.
This piano has a restored action mechanism and has benn completely regulated to the specifications of the original manufacturer.
Restoration by Mel Sherman, refinished by Jerry Carr. Both men have combined experience of over 100 years in the business.
Everyone familiar with American pianos knows of the Chickering name, but the story of Chickering and Macay and their 5 year business venture is really the stuff exciting novels are made of.
While Chickering was the first and most well known piano manufacturer of Boston, John Mackay was a sea captain, who saled his ships to South America and brought back the finest rosewood and Honduras Mahogony, of which the piano is made. The tree used in the front panel, where the name "Chickering and Mackays" stands, is of a cross section of a rosewood tree, which was, according to the restorer, over 300 years old. "It is not possible to find such trees on the planet any more!", the wood finisher told me.
According to a leading antique piano shop, pianos of this kind in restored condition should sell for between $25,000-$35,000. This is not taking into account the fact that this particular piano actually belongs in a museum, as it is truly one of a kind.
This is your chance to own an antique, that is a part of our American heritage. A museum piece that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world.
I found one in the Orchard House Museum! It can be easily shipped anywhere in the USA.
Please, do not hesitate to ask me anything about this piano, it´s authenticity, it´s keyboard, or how it came into my hands.
I am reutrning to Europe and must sell it soon, so any reasonable offers will be considered!
PAID 5000USD for restauration and over 2000 for piano, so I am looking at a loss at 7000.