Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Emerson piano


I have a piano that looks very old and has the serial number 57039 on the inside of it it also has. Patented mark of mar.24 1885 and oct.26 1886. Is this the year it was made and can you tell me an approximate value of it?

Ruslan - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas Emerson used the serial number 57039 between 1890 and 1895. It lists Emerson numbers by five year groupings.

You would need to have the piano surveyed by a piano tech to determine the condition and value in your area.

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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