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The majority of pianos cannot be reliably dated purely on the basis of their serial numbers, and you only have to look at the listings here for Collard or Eavestaff to understand why.
There is a widespread belief that numbers are the be-all-and-end-all for dating pianos, but the length of this page should indicate to you that it is not that simple, and I do not intend to perpetuate the myth by blindly repeating other people’s lists, although I have included some confirmed dates in the second section, .
Also, in order to make long numbers easier to read, several readers have asked me to insert commas after the thousands, although these do not appear on the pianos.
A growing number of websites offer apparently simple dating of pianos by their serial numbers.
Some are approximate years (marked ~) but from reliable sources such as the pianos themselves.
In many of the items in our files, the American use of the hash sign or sharp (#) has been adopted (rather than the Italian "No.") to denote numbers, especially serial numbers: this is useful to know when a number looks like a year.
inside the piano, if available, are often a much more accurate and reliable guide to the age of an instrument than numbers. are published widely in many books, but the same kind of information is not normally available for pianos, except on this website, and if there are no date-marks, serial numbers are one option, but there are many examples on the internet of dates of serial numbers blindly stated for pianos, based on incorrect information, with no cross-checking of anything else.
The result is that an exact date will be stated as if it were fact, with no reference to whether the piano is of a type that could possibly have been made then.
These estimates are not distracted or misled by numbers or other information.Some of the enquiries we receive don't even give the name of the piano, just numbers: numbers are not usually any use without a name, but many piano names are meaningless.Sometimes, if you can send photos to show what the whole piano looks like, we can estimate the date, and the numbers may give a clue to the makers’ identity.Don’t forget that if your computer has a keyboard, you can use the usual CTRL F to find a name on this page.Even if the name on your piano is a real maker, only a minority of piano makers have ever published dates of their serial numbers, and many of these are incorrect or misleading, so on this page, I have only included dates for which I have some evidence.
Dating a piano in this way is notoriously unreliable, partly because so much misleading information has been published.