Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Upright piano value (if any)



My parents have an old upright piano that they got as a hand-me-down 25 years ago.  The woman who gave it to them said her grandfather had purchased it at the 1893 Chicago Expo.  I don't know if this is true because it says "Chicago National" on the front and I don't think National was even around back then.  The number under the lid is 585.  I don't think it is worth anything, but I thought I would check to be sure.  And the piano does have the bottom cover, it just doesn't stay on very well.

Thank you so much!

Hi Jen:

There were several "National" pianos, but not that far back and not in Chicago.

However, there was a Chicago piano company that made very few pianos and I thing that is what you have here.

Monetarily, there is little value...in great shape a few hundred bucks at best.

The only real value is "heirloom" value.

If it turns out that this huge old upright is in your way, you would not be wrong to sell it or scrap it if it has no heirloom value for you.

I think at this point it's worth more as a piece of furniture than a piano.

I hope that helped.

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