Babcock Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Alphues Babcock for George D. Mackay in Boston, Massachusetts around 1822-1824. During the 1820s, Babcock was financed largely by the Mackay family. The inscription on the nameboard reads “Made by / A. BABCOCK / For / G.D. Mackay / BOSTON.” This piano is serial number 12/VI and has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action, basswood core leather hammers, double-strings throughout, 1 pedal: dampers, wood frame, and a mahogany veneered case with rosewood banding.
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Object Name
piano, square, ca. 1822-1824
date made
Babcock, Alpheus
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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catalog number
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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