Hi Daryl, According to the "Pierce Piano Atlas 10th Edition",
Hamilton Piano #16566 was made in the first year of manufacture:
1900. Serial numbers in 1900 started with #16000, and 1901 started
Hamilton Piano Co., Est. 1889.
Address 1801 Gilbert, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Previously at Chicago Heights, Illinois.
Made by Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.
Baldwin Piano & Organ Co., Est. 1862, makers of Baldwin, Hamilton,
Howard, Ellington, Valley Gem, St. Regis, Schroeder, Franke,
Acrosonic, Kremlin, Modelle, Monarch, Sargent, Winton, Chickering and
Wurlitzer. Current address, 422 Wards Corner Road, Loveland Ohio.
The Atlas lists serial numbers from 1890 to 1995. Presto Buyers Guide,
1926, lists the following:
Hamilton Chicago factories are very large and form an important
part of the output controlled by the Baldwin Piano Co. Hamilton
pianos, comprising upright, grand and reproducing pianos, school
special pianos as Manualo player-pianos are instruments of decided
merit and are very popular throughout the United States.
They formed a part of the Baldwin exhibit at the Paris Exposition
of 1900, and attracted much attention there. Many agencies were
established for their representation in foreign lands. The silver
metal was awarded the Hamilton pianos by the exhibition in
The Hamilton Manualo is a player-piano of extraordinary merit. It
combines the qualities of the Hamilton pianos with a scientifically
constructed player mechanism. It is absolutely sure to give lasting
Jack M. Conway, Los Angeles, California, USA