Hale Upright Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by in the United States by an unknown maker in the late 19th century. The piano has sometimes been doubtfully attributed to Jospeh P. Hale. This piano was highly decorated by Cottier of New York for Mrs. Gouverneur Morris. The inscription on the nameboard reads “AS MAY WITH SWEETNESS THROUGH MINE EAR DISSOLVE ME INTO ECSTASIES.” This piano is serial number 908 and has a compass of AAA - c5, standard upright action, felt hammers, single-. double-, and triple-strings, 2 pedals: a keyboard shift and dampers, an iron frame. pinblock is uncovered, and a highly decorated case.
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iron (frame: material)
felt (hammers: material)
Place Made
United States
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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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