Hisky Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Joseph Hisky in Baltimore, Maryland around 1830-1835. Hisky, a Viennese piano maker, became in his mid-thirties one of the earliest piano manufacturers in Baltimore. His business flourished, and this may have been because he (apparently) did not deviate much over the years from the basic Viennese action with a 6 octave compass, plus the use of noted Baltimore artists to decorate his cases. The serial number alleged for this piano is doubtful. This piano is serial number 53 and has a compass of FF-f4, Viennese action, double-strings throughout, tuning pins on the right, 3 pedals: dampers, swell (?), bass drum, wood frame, and a rosewood case.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1830-1835
maker
Hisky, Joseph
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
MI.315706
catalog number
315706
accession number
58488
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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