English Single Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker possibly England, in the 19th century. It is a single manual harpsichord with a compass of GG - g3 (no GG#), and a disposition of 2 x 8’, with two handstops. The harpsichord has a spruce soundboard, and ebony naturals and ivory topped accidentals. The name board, a later addition, is inscribed: “Italian Harpsichord circa 1665, Maker Unknown.“ This instrument appears to be Italian in style that has been shortened.
The case is made from stained walnut with hinges and a lock plate made from iron. The trestle stand has a drawer with an iron lock plate.
Currently not on view
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instrument: 9 3/4 in x 37 1/2 in x 65 1/4 in; 24.765 cm x 95.25 cm x 165.735 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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