Babcock Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Alpheus Babcock, for R. Mackay, in Boston, Massachusetts around 1825-1829. During the 1820s, Babcock was financed largely by the Mackay family, and names such as G. (George) D. Mackay and R. (Ruth) Mackay are common on Babcock’s name boards at that time. This piano is serial number 317 and has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action with escapement, basswood core leather hammers, double-strings throughout, 1 pedal: dampers (missing), wood frame, and a mahogany and rosewood veneered case.
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Object Name
date made
Babcock, Alpheus
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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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