Harper & Fagan Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Harper & Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1796-1798. Harper may have been John Harper, and Fagan may have been John Fagan who was described as a “laborer and porter” in Philadelphia, 1791-1797. No other instruments by the partners seem to have survived. This piano has a compass of FF-f3 (FF# missing), single action, leather hammers, double-strings throughout, tuning pins on the right, 2 hand stops: lute and dampers, wood frame, and a wood case.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Harper & Fagan
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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