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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harpsichord
date made
1705-1715
maker
Hitchcock, Thomas
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MI*62.382
accession number
241783
catalog number
62.382
subject
Harpsichords
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Magruder
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