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Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mouth Organ

Maker:
P. Peckmann
Date:
ca. 1835
Geography:
Vienna, Austria
Culture:
Austrian
Medium:
Wood, leather, various materials
Dimensions:
H.: 19 cm (7-1/2 in.); Diam.: 10.8 cm (4-1/4 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Free Reed
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
13.30
Not on view
This instrument, known only by this specimen, has the shape of a baroque-period racket and was seemingly meant as a historicist "new racket." It speaks with pressure and suction, has two-by-five finger buttons, and is tuned like a harmonica in D. The arrangement of the buttons, however, allows one to play chords, making the instrument well suited for accompaniment. Another concept was to provide a large resonance chamber, in the form of the hollow wooden cylinder underneath the reeds at the upper end of the instrument. The sound of the instrument has a special tenderness. Peckmann is also known as a maker of music boxes.
The mouth pipe is a reproduction.
Marking: (on cap) P. PECKMANN J:INFANT:A:WIENN/A:D:BETTLERSTIEGE
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
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