Newman Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Joseph Newman in Baltimore, Maryland around 1828-1840. The presence of a Janissary stop in this piano would suggest a date toward the beginning of the range of years suggested. The Janissary stop was on the way to obsolescence in the mid-1830s. A wood frame in this instrument also indicates a date in the 1820s or perhaps early 1830s. This piano has a compass of FF-f4, Viennese action, single-strings for the first 10 notes, double-strings for the rest, tuning pins in the front, 4 pedals: Janissary, dampers, buff, and bass drum (?), wood frame, and a mahogany case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1835-1840
maker
Newman, Joseph
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
MI*315712
catalog number
315712
accession number
58488
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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