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Barrel Piano

Maker:
George Hicks (British, born England 1818–1863 Brooklyn, New York)
Date:
ca. 1860
Geography:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Wood, various materials
Dimensions:
Total H. 92.7 cm (36 1/2 in.), W. 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.), L. of longest string 69.8 cm (27 1/2 in.), L. of shortest string 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-struck-piano
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2048
Not on view
When the crank is turned, pins on a rotating cylinder engage hammers that strike the strings, playing any of ten tunes, including "Yankee Doodle." At the same time, a bell rings and the articulated figures move in time to the music. One figure deposits coins in a trough. Shown with front string cover panel removed.
Marking: 1) (serial number stamped on pinblock) 604
2) (stencil on soundboard) G. Hicks/ maker of cylinder pianos/ & barrel organs/101 Jay Street/ Brooklyn N-Y
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Sarah Emma Frishmuth
A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 8, ill.

American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 27, 190, fig. 14, 241, ill.

Keynotes: Two Centuries of Piano Design. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 46, fig. 31, ill.

Hosted by Laurence Libin in Lend Us Your Ears: A Series of Twelve Radio Programs. CD. Recording., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1978.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 48, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 98, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 98, 98+, ill.



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