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
Object Name
date made
Hitchcock, Thomas
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Magruder
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