Beautiful Antique Victorian Concert Grand-Family Owned
Beautiful Antique 1884 Victorian Concert Grand Piano, Decker Brothers. Piano appraised for $15,960. Piano was professionally tuned March 9, 2013. Professionally restored 20 years ago by current owner. Additionally, piano has new strings and new felts 20 years ago - restored by new owner (piano not used since restoration). This piano is a Family heirloom. Original sound board. Piano is in very good condition. The finish is free of any wear or visible defects except for minute nicks or scratches, it looks beautiful; the action, strings, keys, pinblock, etc. are in perfect working order and needs no reconditioning. Maintained in a climate controlled residential environment. Piano has been professionally appraised. Copy of Appraisal available upon request.
DECKER BROS., Est. 1862 by David and John Jacob Decker in New York. The Decker Brothers Piano Company was famous for being awarded many patents used in modern piano manufacturing. Decker Brothers built exceptionally well made grand, square grand, and upright pianos. Sadly, Decker Brothers were out of business before the turn-of-the-century due to the death of John Jacob Decker. Many historians speculate that Decker Brothers would have gone on to become one of the premier piano manufacturers of the 20th Century had Decker survived to manage operations. During the 19th Century, Decker Brothers was in the same league as famous brand names such as Steinway, Chickering, and Knabe. The serial numbers shown are for the first instrument manufactured by hand in the year shown.
1865-1600 1875-10000 1887-19400 1891-22000 1895-24000
1867-3000 1880-15000 1888-20000 1892-22600 1896-26300
1869-4000 1885-18000 1889-20500 1893-23000
1870-5650 1886-18700 1890-21500 1894-23500
These rare and beautiful instruments were built from about 1840 until about 1890. Although they were manufactured for over half a century, relatively few were actually built and they are quite rare today. Victorian grand pianos were usually handmade by craftsmen and artisans who paid careful attention to every detail. Often times, the builder's signature can be found on one of the keys inside the instrument, but you have to look carefully to find it. The cabinets of these pianos were usually quite lavish, often being made of heavily carved rare and exotic wood. Their musical capabilities were enormous and could be quite intimidating and unknown to the average pianist of the era. Most of these instruments were built for use in concert halls, elite hotels, and fine restaurants where their volume and powerful presence was needed. Only the finest private homes could afford to accommodate such a striking and expensive instrument.
Victorian grand pianos are generally classified in two categories: parlor grand and concert grand. The smaller of these categories was the parlor grand, which rarely measured less than 6 feet in length. (Smaller baby grand pianos were not widely manufactured until the 1920's) After a piano reached about 7'4" in length, it was generally considered to be a concert grand because of its enormous size and volume. The largest of these instruments could reach up to 9 feet in length, a size that has stayed consistent for large concert grands for the past 150 years. In fact, the Victorian grand piano is amazingly similar to today's modern instrument in many ways. Most of the patents and designs developed for piano manufacturing were perfected in the 19th century and are still being widely used today! Although improvements continued as the instrument evolved, the grand piano reached certain perfection over a century ago.
Background provided from our piano appraiser.