Osborne Upright Piano

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Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by John Osborne (or Osborn) in Boston, Massachusetts around 1820. This is one of the earliest known American-made upright pianos. An Osborne upright, serial number 153, is in Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts. This piano is serial number 152 and has a compass of FF-f4, sticker action, leather hammers, double-strings, but pin block is drilled for triple-strings AA#-f4, 2 pedals: keyboard shift and dampers, wood frame, straight-strung, and a mahogany case with a silk front.
Currently not on view
date made
Osborne, John
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
wood (frame: material)
mahogany, silked front (case: material)
leather (hammers: material)
overall: 75 in x 45 in x 20 1/2 in; 190.5 cm x 114.3 cm x 52.07 cm
overall: screen: 3 1/2 in x 46 1/4 in x 40 1/4 in; 8.89 cm x 117.475 cm x 102.235 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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