I write on behalf of a slightly unfortunate circumstance! I’ve rescued a Chappell piano from going to the landfill, it was very, very broken so I had to dismember it for transport. I will make many new and beautiful things out of it... seemed tragic for the ivory keys and all that old wood to go to the dump. I’ve found the serial number which is 2296, but wanted to double check and see if it’s safe to assume the piano is from the 1840’s?
Thanks so much in advance—I appreciate any input someone may have.
"Samuel Chappell was involved in the music business by 1810, but although they quote serial number dates from 1840, the company didn’t start making their own pianos until 1861. The main numbers for Chappell pianos are hard to find in some of their Victorian pianos, and their other numbers are misleading"
it appears that the early published numbers are a complete nonsense.
Have a look at my Victorian page for clues as well.
I can't find any record of them using that type of name transfer before the 1870s.
If you can post photos to show what the piano looks like, that is the most important thing that doesn't seem to occur to people. I may be able to tell you more.