Hitchcock Spinet

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Thomas Hitchcock in London, around 1705-1715. It is a bentside spinet, serial #1287, with a compass of GG - g3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. The soundboard is made of spruce. This instrument has ivory naturals and “skunktail” accidentals of ebony and ivory. The name board is inscribed: “Thomas Hitchcock London Fecit No.1287.”
The inseparable case is made of walnut with three ornamented brass hinges. The keyboard cover has three smaller brass hinges and a brass lock plate. The trestle stand is made of turned walnut.
This instrument is in playing condition.
Currently not on view
date made
Hitchcock, Thomas
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: jack: 3/16 in x 3 1/2 in x 7/16 in; .47625 cm x 8.89 cm x 1.11125 cm
overall: 7 3/4 in x 74 in x 29 in; 19.685 cm x 187.96 cm x 73.66 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Magruder
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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