Kisting & Son Grand Piano

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Description (Brief)
This grand piano was made by Heinrich Christian Kisting & Son in Berlin, Germany around 1828-1832. The nameboard of this piano shows that it was made explicitly for export to Washington, D.C. and reads “H. KISTING and SON / Piano-fort maker of the Royal Court / at / Berlin / to be sold by Mr. / F. A. Wagler / at / WASHINGTON.” The piano has a compass of CC-a4, Viennese action with back checks on a rail, leather hammers, brass and iron strings with 2 or 3 strings for each note, 2 pedals (missing): keyboard shift (?) and dampers (?), a frame made from 3 iron tension bars (probably not original) screwed to a wood string plate and pin block, straight-strung, and a cherry veneer case with mahogany legs.
Currently not on view
date made
Heinrich Christian Kisting & Son
Place Made
Deutschland: Berlin, Berlin
Physical Description
leather (hammers: material)
brass and iron (strings: material)
wood (frame: material)
cherry veneer, mahogany legs (case: material)
overall: 34 1/4 in x 50 in x 87 in; 86.995 cm x 127 cm x 220.98 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bought, April, 1891, for $25 from G. L. Wild & Brothers, piano dealers, Washington
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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