Hale Upright Piano

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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.
Currently not on view
date made
Hale, Joseph P.
Physical Description
iron (frame: material)
felt (hammers: material)
overall: 56 in x 61 in x 29 in; 142.24 cm x 154.94 cm x 73.66 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Gouverneur Morris
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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