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Square Piano

Maker: Charles Albrecht
(1759/60–1848 Montgomery, Pennsylvania)

Date: 1789–1798
Geography: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Medium: Mahogany veneered case, nameboard veneer of lighter colored wood, brass decorative medallions on upper corners of legs, ivory natural and ebony accidental keys Rectangular case with mahogany veneer panels separated from contrasting border by geometric inlays, on separate stand with 4 square tapered legs having brass medallions at upper corners; nameboard veneered with light wood decorated around maker's name with painted floral garland; compass FF-f3 (61 keys), ivory naturals with molded fronts, ebony accidental blocks; 1 handstop in well to left of keyboard raising dampers; unpierced tuning pins with note names alongside, inserted in raised panel running diagonally across soundboard; English double action with short intermediate lever, no escapement; overhead damper arms hinged to tilting panel in case back, raised by wood pegs against pressure of quill springs; double-strung throughout, lowest 12 notes wound. (L. Libin 6 Oct. 76)
Dimensions: Case length (perpendicular to keyboard): 56.5 cm (22-1/4 in.), Width parallel to keyboard: 159.5 cm (62-15/16 in.), Case Depth not including stand, w/o lid: 23.6 cm (9-5/16 in.), Total Height: 81 cm(31-7/8 in.), 3-octave span: 48.2 cm (18-15/16 in.), String length: longest: 138.5 cm (54-9/16 in.), shortest: 11 cm (4-5/16 in.); c2: 29 cm(11-7/16 in.)
Classification: Chordophone-Zither-struck-piano
Credit Line: Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number: 89.2.185

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