Work Table Piano

Description (Brief)
The maker of this piano is unknown, but it is thought to have been made in Germany or Austria in the 1840s. This is a small square piano contained in a work table, which has receptacles in the top of the case for sewing implements. Such multi-purpose instruments illustrate the importance of the piano to the training of women in the 19th century. The piano has a compass of F-f3, Viennese action, white leather on wood core hammers, iron strings, single- and double-strung, wood frame, and a rosewood case.
Currently not on view
Currently not on view
Object Name
overall: 31 3/4 in x 30 1/2 in x 18 in; 80.645 cm x 77.47 cm x 45.72 cm
compartment: 2 5/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 25 11/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 7.9375 cm x 65.24625 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 H. Richard Piet in memory of Harry R. Piet, Jr.
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