Thomas Hitchcock Spinet

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Thomas Hitchcock in London, around 1703-1710. It is a bentside spinet with a compass of GG - g3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This instrument has a spruce soundboard, and ebony naturals with ivory arcade front and “skunk tail” accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed: “Thomas Hitchcock Londini Fecit No. 1228.” The jackrail is inscribed: “ACTI LABORES JUCUNDI” (labors are pleasant).
The inseparable case is made of walnut with two large ornamented brass hinges. The keyboard cover has three smaller brass hinges and a brass lock plate. The stand with turned legs is not original.
Thomas Hitchcock was a prolific spinet maker, producing over a thousand instruments in his lifetime. There is only one known full-size harpsichord by Thomas Hitchcock which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Hitchcock, Thomas
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
instrument: 7 in x 73 3/4 in x 27 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 187.325 cm x 69.215 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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