Wise & Brother Upright Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by J.J. Wise and Brother in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1850s. It is a relatively small upright, about 48 inches high. Wise’s patent action is an interesting variant on the sticker action of English uprights, and includes a device that appears to regulate the weight of touch. This piano has a compass of CC-g4, Wise upright action, felt ?) hammers, wound single-strings CC-EE, wound double-strings FF-d, plain double-strings d#-g4, 2 pedals: keyboard shift and dampers, an iron string-plate frame with wood, straight-strung, and an ebonized (?) case with elaborately carved torsos of angels for legs.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
J. J. Wise & Brother
Physical Description
felt (?) (hammers: material)
iron , wood (frame: material)
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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