Tawse Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Charles Tawse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1792-1793. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and came to New York in 1786 where he advertised as an organ builder and instrument repairer. A year later, he moved to Philadelphia, and was engaged in a number of other musical activities, teaching piano and publishing music in addition to making organs and pianos. This piano has a compass of FF-f3, an English double action, leather hammers, single-strings for the first 12 notes, the rest are double-strings, with tuning pins at rear, 2 knee levers: dampers and swell, wood frame, and a wood case.
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Object Name
date made
Tawse, Charles
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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