Stewart Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by James Stewart in Baltimore, Maryland around 1812-1815. James Stewart was born in Scotland, learned organ building in London, and came to Baltimore in 1812. He formed a number of partnerships including his brother, Adam in Baltimore, Thomas Stewart in Philadelphia, John Osborne in Boston, and Jonas Chickering in Boston. James Stewart returned to London in 1826 and worked as a foreman with Clementi and Collard and Collard. This piano is serial number 305 (?) and has a compass of FF-c4, and English Double action, leather hammers, double-strings throughout, first 8 notes are wound, with tuning pins at right, 1 pedal: dampers, wood frame, and a mahogany case.
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Object Name
date made
Stewart, James
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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