Babcock Square Piano


This square piano was made by Alphues Babcock for George D. Mackay in Boston, Massachusetts around 1822-1824. During the 1820s, Babcock was financed largely by the Mackay family. The inscription on the nameboard reads “Made by / A. BABCOCK / For / G.D. Mackay / BOSTON.” This piano is serial number 12/VI and has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action, basswood core leather hammers, double-strings throughout, 1 pedal: dampers, wood frame, and a mahogany veneered case with rosewood banding.

Date Made: 1822-1824

Maker: Babcock, Alpheus

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Made available through the Cooper Union Museum

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.60.1389Catalog Number: 60.1389Accession Number: 227687

Object Name: pianopiano, square, ca. 1822-1824


Record Id: nmah_605829

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