Scherr Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Emelius Nicolai Scherr in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1825. Scherr was born in Copenhagen, the son of an organ and piano builder. After an apprenticeship in Copenhagen and later working in Linz, Austria, he came to Philadelphia in 1822. Scherr worked at various addresses in Philadlphia until 1855, when he apparently retired from making musical instruments. This piano is serial number 2 and has a compass of FF-f4, a jack action with escapement, double-strings throughout, with tuning pins on the right, 1 pedal: dampers, a wood frame, and a mahogany(?) case.
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Object Name
date made
Scherr, Emilius Nicolai
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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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