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The Queen Emma Museum has two pianos on display. One is a square piano made by Clementi, Collard, and Collard and the other is a small grand made by Emil Ascherberg.
Also, Queen Emma did not write "Aloha Oe." That was Queen Liliuokalani.
According to Queen Emma's biography, she purchased the Emil Ascherberg grand while in Europe in May 1866. The author does not cite a source for this and information on Ascherberg is difficult to find. So far, the oldest Ascherberg piano that I've found is from 1875.
If Emma's bio is correct, he was producing pianos as early as 1866. Can this be verified?
If anyone can point me to any biographical info on Ascherberg, I'd be quite grateful.
Can you direct me to a good picture of the grand? If serial numbers reliably represented production, we might assume that he had made six thousand pianos by 1866, but they aren't, as you can read at
Another Ascherberg that crops up sometimes is an upright #4456 with the convex top that is typical of the 1860s. I think the numbers are misleading and not in the same sequence.
The number on the piano at the Queen Emma Museum is actually 2061 and not 6021.
There are photos of the piano at the following links:
http://s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/ ... eoig/l.jpg
http://oldhousehistory.com/files/2010/0 ... img_19.jpg
and video of it here:
I am skeptical of the date 1866. My hunch is that this piano is a bit newer than 1866.
I have been unable to find reliable, accurate information about Ascherberg serial numbers. The Ascherberg company is said to have been bombed out of existence during the second world war when the Americans decided to level Dresden. No archives survived. 1880 is said to be the date of Ascherberg grand #2,590 in the Which Guide to Collectables, overstrung, with Ascherberg's patented action, 85 notes, ivory keys, case rosewood, profusely inlaid with urns, ribbons & floral scrolls, on "turned" tapered legs (actually hexagonal for the most part) with boxwood stringing.
I spend a lot of my time trying to correct websites and books that publish wrong information, but we all have to take their word sometimes. Another Ascherberg that crops up sometimes is an upright #4456 with the convex top that I estimate at 1862. I think the numbers are misleading and not in the same sequence.
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