Hawkins Upright Piano

Description (Brief):

This upright piano was made by John Isaac Hawkins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1801. Hawkins patented an ingenious small upright piano with a folding keyboard, of which the Smithsonian’s is an example. Other piano experiments were an upright instrument, the Claviol, which bowed the strings, a system of attaching the strings to a nut on a threaded rod, and the use of springs as strings in the bass. Only three of his instruments are known to survive. This piano is serial number 6 and has a compass of FF-f3, Hawkins upright action, felt hammers (originally leather), double-strings, 2 pedals: moderator and swell (which opens shutters in the case below the keyboard), wood frame with iron bars behind the soundboard, straight-strung, and a mahogany veneer case with metal carrying handles.

Date Made: 1801

Maker: Hawkins, John Isaac

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Credit Line: Gift of Hugo Worch

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.313619Catalog Number: 313619Accession Number: 64802

Object Name: piano

Physical Description: felt (originally leather) (hammers: material)wood with iron bars (frame: material)mahogany veneer (case: material)Measurements: overall: 109.85 cm x 90.17 cm x 38.6 cm; 43 1/4 in x 35 1/2 in x 15 3/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-475d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605881

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