German Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made in Germany about 1830. Its maker is unknown and the bentside to the right is reminiscent of the “lying harp” pianos produced in southern Germany in the second half of the 18th century. The cross-string pattern is unique. This piano has a compass of FF-f4, Viennese action, leather hammers, single-strings for the first 31 notes, double-strings for the rest, single strings are cross-strung over the double strings, tuning pins in the front, 1 knee lever: dampers, wood frame, and a Circassian walnut case in the Empire style, with a bentside at the right, and in-curving corners.
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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