Wise & Brother Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by J.J. Wise and Brother in Baltimore, Maryland about 1840. John J. Wise received a patent in 1839 for an “improvement in the action of pianos-fortes” (U.S. Patent number 1,205) which is indicated as a “Detached Composite Action” on the nameboard inscription. This piano is serial number 45 and has a compass of CC-g4, Wise square action, felt (?) hammers, single-strings for the first 6 notes, double-strings for the rest, tuning pins at the back, 2 pedals: moderator and dampers, an iron hitch-pin plate frame, and a rosewood case.
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Object Name
date made
J. J. Wise & Brother
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
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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