Albrecht Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Charles Albrecht in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1797-1799. Albrecht born in Germany, was in Philadelphia by 1788 and was active there in the 1790s. Some of his instruments are among the earliest surviving American pianos. This piano has a compass of FF-c4, a Viennese action without escapement, leather hammers, double-strings throughout, FF-C wound brass, C#-G plain brass, G#-c4 plain iron, with pins to right, there is evidence of a possible damper stop, wood frame, and a mahogany case with lighter wood banding.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Albrecht, Charles
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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