Astor & Co. Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Astor & Company in London, England around 1799-1815. After his apprenticeship in Germany, George Peter Astor went to London about 1778. In the late 1790s, Astor moved to 79 Cornhill in London. This address is inscribed on the nameboard. After George Astor’s death in 1813, his widow continued the firm until 1815, This piano is serial number 3243 and has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action, leather hammers, double-strings throughout, first 10 notes are wound brass, next 13 notes are brass, the rest are iron, 1 hand stop: dampers, wood frame, and a wood case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1799-1815
maker
Astor & Co.
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MI*332304
catalog number
332304
accession number
94098
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

8/26/2015 6:45:15 PM
Christine Pickering
I inherited an Astor and Company piano and would like to know where I can find the serial number on it. I would also like to know its approximate worth but realize due to the above information you cannot tell me. If there is another source for this, could you please advise. Thank you. Christine Pickering, Toronto, Ont.
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