I was looking for some help finding out any information about a Kirkman Grand piano I ran across at a client's home in the Southern US.
Serial number 16978
It also has a hand painted number on the plate " G 15060".
I would appreciate any help.
The same page also points out that numbers preceded by a letter are usually retailers' stock numbers, and it is only on rare occasions that we can date them.
Is there any chance you could post photos to show us what the whole piano looks like on the outside? Or you could email them to me to post.
It is important to understand that the whole idea of dating pianos purely on the basis of numbers is often not simple or reliable, as explained on my Numbers page at
and although you don’t say where the number is located, you should be able to find the serial number by removing the music desk and looking under it. Removable parts like the music desk are often imprinted with the last 3 digits of the same number. I am hoping for a number in the region of 38,000.
When the frames are made, in bulk, nobody knows which piano they will end up being used in, so any raised numbers cast into the frame / plate are not specific to one piano, and not serial numbers, which would be written or painted like yours. Numbers on keys or actions are not often serial numbers, but the fact that they are the same suggests that this one is
Usually, my instinctive estimate are very accurate, and although I have some confirmations of dates for many makes, nobody has ever found a date on a Kirkman piano, so we have to trust the published dates of their numbers, although do they usually seem about right, so I am probably wrong!