Feldhar Square Piano

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Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Gerhardt Feldhar in Wisconsin in 1844. Feldhar immigrated to Wisconsin from Westphalia, Prussia in 1840. It is possible, especially given the rather rustic style of the instrument, that he was a carpenter or a farmer who saw a piano and decided that he could make one too. This piano has a compass of FF-f4, Viennese action, with natural keys covered in bone, single-strings (first 8 notes) the rest double-strings, 3 pedals (all missing): bassoon, moderator, and dampers, wood frame, and an unadorned solid wood case.
Currently not on view
date made
Feldhar, Gerhardt
Place Made
United States: Wisconsin
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Credit Line
Mrs. William P. Spensley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History