Joseph Mahoon Spinet

<< >>
Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Joseph Mahoon in London, England, in 1753. It is a bentside spinet with a compass of GG - g3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This spinet has a spruce soundboard, with ebony naturals with ivory arcaded fronts and ebony covered accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed:" Joseph Mahoon," and the lowest key is marked “1753.”
The inseparable case is made of painted wood with a simulated wood-grain finish. The separate trestle stand is made of made of wood with plain legs.
The spinet was a popular domestic keyboard instrument in England and America during the 18th century. A household that could not afford or did not have room for a full-sized harpsichord or organ, the spinet became the keyboard of choice.
Joseph Mahoon (fl. 1729-1773) was a prominent spinet and harpsichord maker in London. In 1729, Mahoon (pronounced and sometimes written Moon) was appointed “Harpsichord Maker to His Majestie” (King George II, who reigned from 1725 to 1760).
Currently not on view
date made
Mahoon, Joseph
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
instrument: 8 1/2 in x 72 3/4 in x 29 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 184.785 cm x 75.565 cm
overall: harpsichord: 9 3/4 in x 73 in x 30 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 185.42 cm x 77.47 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of F.H. and H.A. Vinton
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object