An old Chickering upright piano can be found in the library of William Faulkner’s home “Rowan Oak” in Oxford, Mississippi. I had never heard of the company and during my research found the company was started in 1823 in Boston, Massachusetts. The company was instrumental with development of a cast iron frame that has been used by all major manufacturers over the years. In the 1850’s their pianos were the number one selling brand in America. Chickering shuttered their doors in the 1980’s and sold their name to Baldwin Pianos.