Ask Bill on the history forum he may know someone how is looking for a piano of that vintage
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Barry is correct with his comments.rgoodwin09 wrote:My dad owns a London Kirkman piano that we estimate is from the 1840s. It has a very intricate wood design on the front and ivory keys. It is in beautiful condition, but is a very large and heavy piece of funiture to have, so my dad wants me to sell it. I am wondering how much I should ask for it, as I have no background in antiques
Thinking a very old piano is worth a fair amount of money is unfortunately a common misconception. Of course there are exceptions to this, but they tend to be rare occurrences.
Here we are talking of an overstrung upright from a London maker, and with a wooden frame if your vintage guess is close.
I understand that a number of people are fascinated by Victorian pianos, but in reality not many will buy them (unless rare) for display purposes, and especially not to play.
I enjoy following the internet sales of Pleyel pianos, many of the older ones of which have elegant cases, and it is common to see them up for offer from 50-300 pound equivalent in euros. Whether they actually sell for those amounts is another matter.
I wish you luck with your sale of the Kirkman. It's worth is really what one is prepared to pay.
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There pianos have no following in the piano trade whatsoever, but occasionally people rescue them from destruction by giving them a home. Ask Bill Kibby in the "History" section for advice.
I'll make you an offer for the Chevy though.
The opinion above is purely that of PianoGuy and is simply the opinion of one person ....
If you're buying a piano, try as many as you can and buy the one you like, not a similar one of the same type.