Steinway & Sons, New York
Wood, metal; style 2 model, serial no. 17971
L. approx. 8 ft. 5 in. (256.5 cm)
Gift of Frederick R. Gorreé, 1985 (1985.407)
This grand piano, with patent resonator and patent double repeating action, has a rosewood case, three carved serpentine legs, and a fretwork system. By the 1860s, Steinway & Sons had become the leading piano manufacturer in America. The company's innovations, which included the cast iron frame and overstringing, were adopted by piano manufacturers worldwide.