Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Build date for upright pianos

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Hello! I have two antique Canadian upright pianos that I would like to get a build date for.
The first one is a D.W. Karn piano with the number '5161'.
The second is from Uxbridge Piano & Organ Co. with the number '201'.  (the first left-hand key has the date 'March 1891' written in pencil underneath it, but I don't know if this has anything to do with the actual age).
Thank you in advance!
Gil in Ottawa, Canada.

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Hi Gil:

The Karn was built in 1900 in Woodstock.

The Uxbridge started building pianos in 1879 and stopped in 1914. It was open for such a short period of time, there were no records kept. However, if pressed, I would go with the 1891 penciled in date as the tradition of the time was for at least one of the builders to sign and date the piano.

I hope that helped!

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