Weber Upright Piano

Description (Brief):

Albert Weber became Steinway’s principal competitor in the 1870s, just as the Chickering company began to falter. Weber made few technical innovations. He simply made extremely fine pianos like this 1876 upright and sold them at fair prices. Beautifully decorated by Herter Brothers, furniture designers of New York, this instrument helped Weber challenge Steinway at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. The piano is serial number 9957, and has a compass of AAA-c5, tape-check upright action (probably not original), felt hammers, single-, double-, and triple-strings, cross-strung, 2 pedals: “soft” and dampers, a double iron frame, and an ebonized case with inlaid designs and gilded banding.

Date Made: 1876

Maker: WeberDecorator: Herter Brothers

Location: Currently not on view (bag of parts)

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0360.01Catalog Number: 1980.0360.01Accession Number: 1980.0360

Object Name: pianoObject Type: pianos

Physical Description: iron (frame: material)felt (hammers: material)wood (case: material)Measurements: overall: 138.5 cm x 155.4 cm x 66.5 cm; 54 1/2 in x 61 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_606301

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