Tomkison Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Thomas Tomkison in London, England around 1810-1812. Tomkison received appointment as maker to the Prince of Wales about 1810, which he stated on his name boards until 1820, when the Prince became King George IV. In 1820 he began to put “Maker to His Majesty” in his inscriptions. The name board inscription reads: “THOMAS TOMKISON / DEAN ST SOHO / PIANO-FORTE / MAKER / TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS / THE PRINCE OF WALES.” This piano is serial number 1965 and has a compass of FF-c4, single action, leather hammers, double-strings, with tuning pins at right, 1 pedal (missing): dampers (?), wood case, an a mahogany case.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Tomkison, Thomas
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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