By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Pianoforte Manufacturers,   Broadwood pianos has the longest history of Piano making in the world.


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Some guide lines to help you find the age of your piano

Name on fall board:
1782 John Broadwood
1794 John Broadwood & Son
1808 John Broadwood & Sons
1830 The fall board was split into two section which folded back
1831 Onwards the fail board had a small lip a bit like the models of to day.

As it can get a little confusing with grand model type, please use the list below to determine your grand piano model, do this by matching the dimensions of your grand piano to the list. When you have found the model of your piano use it and the serial number to find the age of your piano.

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5' 6" 4' 11" 7 A to A Overstrung Quarter Grand 1899
5' 8" 3' 10" 6 * F to F Cottage 1844
5' 8" 3' 11" 6+ F to G Cottage 1845/46
6' 0" 4' 3" 6 3/4 C to A Cottage 1865/80
6' 0" 4' 6" 6 3/4 C to A Cottage 1880
6' 0" 4' 6" 7 A to A Short 1890
6' 3" 4' 6" 7 A to A Short 1890/97
6' 4" 4' 9" 7 A to A Short 1897
6' 4" 4' 7" 7 A to A Cottage 1878
6' 5" 4' 9" 7 A to A Straight strung Short 1899
6' 5" 5' 1" 7 1/4 A to C Overstrung Semi 1897/99
6' 6" 5' 1" 7 1/4 A to C Overstrung Barless Semi 1899
6' 7" 4' 1" 6 1/2 C to G Short Bichorda 1850
6' 8" 4' 4" 6 3/4 C to A Bichorda 1853
6' 9" 4' 4" 6 3/4 C to A Bichorda(New Scale) 1862
6' 9" 4' 4" 6 3/4 C to A Semi (Trichord Treble) 1863
6' 9" 4' 4" 6 3/4 C to A Semi (Trichord Tenor & Treble) 1864
6' 10" 4'0" 6 - 6 1/2 * Semi (Bichord) 1844
6' 11" 3' 9" 6 * F to F Semi 1832
6'11" 4'1" 6+ F to G Semi (Bichord) 1845
6' 11" 4'2" 6 1/2 C to G Boudoir 1851
6' 11" 4' 5" 7 A to A Semi 1868
7'0" 4' l" 6+ F to G Semi 1846
7'0" 4'6" 7 A to A Boudoir (formerly Semi) 1871/90
7'0" 4'7" 7 A to A Boudoir 1897
7'1" 4'8" 7 A to A Short Iron Grand 1883/88
7' 1" '4 8" 7 A to A Short Concert 1890/97
7'2" 4'1" 6+ F to G Semi 1849
7'2" 4'2" 6 1/2 C to G Bichorda 1844
7'2" 4'4" 6 3/4 C to A Boudoir 1853
7'3" 3'10" 6 F to F Semi (Grand mechanism) 1836/41
7' 3" 4' 4" 6 1/2 * C to G Bichorda 1845
7'4" 4'1" 6 * F to F Semi 1843
7'4" 4'3" 6 1/2 C to G Bichorda 1843
7'5" 4'3" 6 3/4 C to G Full Bichorda 1850/51
7'5" 4'7" 6 3/4 C to A Royal Boudoir 1868
7'5" 4'7" 6 3/4 C to A Semi (formerly Royal Boudoir) 1871/90
7'5" 4'7" 6 3/4 C to A Semi ( New Model) 1893
7'5" 4'9" 7 A to A Semi 1897
7'5" 5'1" 7 1/4 A to C Overstrung Drawing Room 1857/99
7'6" 3'10" 6 * F to F Boudoir (trichord) 1832
7'6" 3'10" 6 * F to F Bichorda 1835/36
7'6" 4'4" 6 1/2 C to G Bichorda 1849
7'6" 4'4" 6 1/4 C to A Boudoir 1861
7'6" 4'4" 6 1/4 C to A Royal Boudoir 1862
7'8" 4'1" 61/2 C to G Bichorda 1836
7'9" 4'3" 6 1/2 C to G Horizontal Grand 1843
7'9" 4'3" 6 1/2 C to G Victoria Repetition 1839/41
7' 9" 4' 3" 6 * F to F Concert 1844
7'9" 4'4" 6 1/2 C to G Concert 1846
7'9" 4'8" 7 A to A Drawing Room 1897
7'10" 4'6" 7 A to A Short Drawing Room 1864
7'10" 4'7" 7 A to A Short Drawing Room 1868/75
7'10" 4'7" 7 A to A Short D.R. (Iron) 1875
7'10" 4'8" 7 A to A Short Concert 1889
7' 10" 4' 8" 7 A to A Drawing Room (new Scale) 1890
7' 10" 4' 8" 7 A to A Medium Concert 1890
7'11" 4 '9" 7 A to A Drawing Room Concert 1897
8'0" 4'2" 6 1/2 C to G Horizontal(Trichord) 1832/36
8'0" 4'9" 7 A to A Straight Strung D.R. 1899
8'2" 4'4" 6 1/2 C to G Concert(Elliptical Ends) 1846
8'2" 4'6" 6 1/4 C to A Medium Grand 1864
8'2" 4'6" 6 3/4 C to A Full sized Grand 1861
8'3" 4'3" 6 1/2 C to G Concert(Elliptical Ends) 1845/49
8'3" 4'3" 6 3/4 C to A Full sized(Short harmonic bar) 1851
8'3" 4'4" 6 3/4 C to A Full sized(Long harmonic bar) 1851
8'3" 4'4" 6 1/2 C to G Concert 1845
8'3" 4'5" 6 3/4 C to A Concert(Carved legs) 1853/56
8'3" 4'6" 6 3/4 C to A Drawing Room(Trichord) 1862
8'3" 4'7" 7 A to A Full sized D.R. Grand 1868
8'3" 4'7" 7 A to A Full sized Grand 1875
8'3" 4'8" 7 A to A Drawing Room 1890
8'3" 4'8" 7 A to A Full Drawing Room 1889/97
8'4" 4'7" 7 A to A Full sized Grand(3 bars) 1853/61
8'4" 4'7" 7 A to A Drawing Room 1862/64
8'4" 4'8" 7 A to A Superior Drawing Room 1868/75
8'4" 4'8" 7 A to A Full Drawing Room 1888/90
8'4" 4'9" 7 A to A Concert(Carved legs) 1853
8'5" 4'8" 7 A to A Superior D.R.(Carved legs) 1862
8' 5" 4'8" 7 A to A Concert(Diagonal bracing) 1857
8'6" 4' 8" 7 A to A Concert Iron Grand. 1862/75
8'6" 4'10" 7 1/4 A to C Full Concert 1890
8' 6" 5' 1" 7 1/4 A to C Full Concert 1897
8'7" 4'7" 7 A to A Full sized(Long harmonic bar) 1851
8'7" 5'4" 7 1/4 A to C Overstrung Full Concert 1897
8'8" 5'3" 7 7/4 A to C Overstrung Concert 1899
8'9" 5'3" 7 1/4 A to C Overstrung Barless Concert 1899
Notes:

Patent Metallic Screw Pin Piece ( Threaded Wrest pins) 1862 to about 1897.

Under damper action from 1853 to about 1890.

Diagonal Bracing from 1857 to 1897. * Six octaves F to F or C to C.

Complete Cast Iron Frame available from 1890 (A few models, only)

Over stringing from about 1897, with complete Cast iron frame.

Drilled Bridge(Similar to Agraffes ) 1841

Iron Eracings 1844. Gun metal Harmonic Tie Bar 1868/97.

The above data compiled from Catalogues and Sales literature.

Click on the type of piano below to go to the serial numbers














Square pianos

1775 - 25
1780 - 50
1785 - 409
1790 - 1266
1795 - 2800
1800 - 5397
1805 - 9637
1810 - 14510
1815 - 20000
1820 - 25570
1825 - 32400
1830 - 40000
1835 - 45280
1840 - 52087
1845 - 58000
1850 - 59600
1855 - 63000
1860 - 63470
1865 - 64000

We stopped making square pianos in 1866 at number 64161


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Cabinets

Started to make Cabinets (Wall Climber) piano's in 1811

1815 - 500
1820 - 1769
1825 - 3100
1830 - 4200
1835 - 5400
1840 - 7000
1845 - 8700
1850 - 8800

Stopped making Cabinets in 1854 at number 8962














Cottage Uprights

Started to make cottage uprights in 1822


1825 - 200
1830 - 1650
1835 - 3100
1840 - 4530
1845 - 6680
1850 - 10100
1855 - 15100
1860 - 21100
1865 - 27200
1870 - 33400
1875 - 43920
1880 - 51500
1885 - 60250
1890 - 68876
1894 - 80000
1895 - 86600
1900 - 93700
1905 - 100500
1910 - 109400
1915 - 118100
1920 - 121900
1925 - 126375
1932 - 133249

In the middle of 1932 a new series was stated combining upright and grand numbers together.



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Boudoir & Cottage Grands

Started to make Boudoir & Cottage Grands in 1834.

1835 - 10
1840 - 30
1845 - 195
1850 - 765
1855 - 1850
1860 - 4000
1865 - 5500
1870 - 7250
1875 - 8500
1880 - 9800
1885 - 10050
1890 - 11670

From 1891 all Grands are numbered in one series.



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Cottage Grands

Started to make Cottage Grands in 1862.

1865 - 80
1870 - 500
1875 - 750
1880 - 1000
1885 - 1800
1890 - 2185

From 1891 all Grands are numbered in one series.



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Boudoir Grands

Started to make Boudoir Grands in 1870

1870- 154
1871- 324
1872- 494
1873- 664
1874- 834
1875- 850
1876- 885
1877- 930
1878- 1006
1879- 1336
1880- 1670
1881- 1833
1882- 1989
1883- 2155
1884- 2320
1885- 2500
1886- 2635
1887- 2768
1888- 2901
1889- 3034
1890- 3167

From 1891 all Grands are numbered in one series.



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Grands

Started to make Grands in 1784

1785 - 35
1790 - 300
1795 - 848
1800 - 1666
1805 - 3585
1810 - 4500
1815 - 6736
1820 - 8525
1825 - 10343
1830 - 11909
1835 - 13900
1840 - 15260
1845 - 16800
1850 - 17580
1855 - 18450
1860 - 19200
1865 - 19760
1870 - 20228
1875 - 20800
1880 - 21360
1885 - 21890
1890 - 22579

From 1891 all Grands are numbered in one series

1891 - 27434
1892 - 32289
1893 - 37144
1894 - 42000
1895 - 44100
1896 - 44960
1897 - 45390
1899 - 45820
1900 - 46250
1901 - 46412
1902 - 46837
1903 - 47425
1904 - 48012
1905 - 48600
1906 - 48842
1907 - 49142
1908 - 49600
1909 - 50082
1910 - 50575
1911 - 50875
1912 - 51132
1913 - 51687
1914 - 52243
1915 - 52800
1916 - 52962
1917 - 53124
1918 - 53285
1919 - 53361
1920 - 53462
1921- 53569
1922 - 53772
1923 - 54056
1924 - 54316
1925 - 54600
1926 - 54880
1927 - 55165
1928 - 55425
1930 - 55625
1931 - 55925
1932 - 56028

In the middle of 1932 a new series was stated combining upright and grand numbers together.














All pianos from 1932

1932 - 250000
1933 - 251900
1934 - 252900
1935 - 254000
1936 - 255134
1937 - 255527
1938 - 255600
1939 - 256000
1940 - 256150
1941 - 256200
1942 - 256300
1943 - 256520
1944 - 256900
1945 - 257000
1946 - 257600
1947 - 257785
1948 - 258000
1949 - 258428
1950 - 258832
1951 - 259251
1952 - 259600
1953 - 260000
1954 - 260200
1955 - 260540
1956 - 261061
1957 - 262001
1958 - 262370
1959 - 262685
1960- 263001
1961- 263397
1962 - 263616
1963 - 263870
1964 - 264120
1965 - 264309
1966 - 264537
1967 - 264747
1968 - 264942
1969 - 265119
1970 - 265336
1971 - 265623
1972 - 266070
1973 - 266564
1974 - 267018
1975 - 267441
1976 - 267841
1977 - 268341
1978 - 268616
1979 - 269000
1980 - 269500
1981- 270050
1982 - 270221
1983 - 270941
1984 - 272484
1985 - 274027
1986 -275570
1987 - 277113
1988 -278400
1989- 278660
1990- 279410
1992- 280172
1993- 280934
1994- 281697
1995- 282459
1996 -283222
1997 - 283500
1998 - 283570
1999 - 283630
2000 - 283680
2001 - 283720
2002 - 283760
2003 - 283794


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