Kohnle Upright Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by Joseph Kohnle in New York, New York about 1858. Kohnle was a pianist and piano maker in New York during the mid to late 19th century. Little is known about him except that he patented his own piano action in 1860, U.S. Patent 26,909. The patent claims to improve repetition and purports to be applicable to all models of pianos. This piano has a compass of CC-c5, Kohnle patent action, leather hammers, single-, double-, and triple-strings, 2 pedals: dampers operated by a tracker mechanism, cast iron frame, behind the soundboard, and a walnut veneered case.
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Object Name
date made
Kohnle, Joseph
Physical Description
leather (hammers: material)
cast-iron (frame: material)
walnut veneered (case: material)
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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