Osborne Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by John Osborne in Boston, Massachusetts around 1822-1824. Osborne, or sometimes spelled Osborn, was born in New England and from 1808-1814 studied with Boston piano maker Benjamin Crehore. In 1815, Osborne set up shop at the rear of 3 Newbury Street. After a brief partnership with James Stewart, Osborne moved to Boylston Market, where he remained until 1826. This piano has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action, leather hammers, double-strings, first 5 notes are wound, tuning pins in rear, 1 pedal: dampers, wood frame, and a mahogany case.
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Object Name
date made
Osborne, John
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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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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