Chickering & Sons Grand Piano

Description (Brief)
This piano was made by Chickering & Sons in Boston, Massachusetts in 1857. Chickering called this type of piano a “parlor grand,“ but today it has come to be known as a “cocked-hat grand” because its shape from above is like that of a cocked hat. The piano is serial number 17390 and has a compass of CCC-c5, Edwin Brown, leather and felt hammers, wound and plain steel strings with 1 or 2 strings per note, 2 pedals: una corda and damper lifter, an iron frame, straight-strung, and a rosewood veneer case.
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Object Name
date made
Chickering & Sons
Physical Description
leather and felt (hammers: material)
steel (strings: material)
iron (frame: material)
rosewood veneer (case: material)
overall: 97 cm x 140 cm x 200.3 cm; 38 3/16 in x 55 1/8 in x 78 7/8 in
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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 Florence and Franklin Wallin
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