Virgil Practice Clavier

Description:

This practice clavier was made by Almon Kincaid Virgil in New York, around 1896. It is a small rectangular-shaped piano, serial number 3614, with a compass of AA-c4. The piano has a folding stand attached to the bottom that can be collapsed for storage. Practice pianos such as this were popular for their ability to weight the keys, forcing the pianist to press them harder and in doing so building up finger strength and enforcing muscle memory. The following is stenciled on the front of the piano [The date of 1888 is incorrect and should be 1886]:

DO NOT USE THE UP CLICKS
BEYOND 5 OUNCES.

PATENTED JUNE 29, 1888 [should be 1886]
” “ OCT. 23, 1888
” “ JULY 19, 1892

VIRGIL
PERFECTED
Practice Clavier
NEW YORK

This practice clavier features the following patents:

U.S. Patent #344462, dated June 29, 1886, by Almon K. Virgil for an exercising device for musicians.

U.S. Patent #344464, dated June 29, 1886, by Almon K. Virgil for an exercising keyboard for musicians.

U.S. Patent #391439, dated October 23, 1888, by Almon K. Virgil for an exercising keyboard for musicians.

U.S. Patent #479340, dated July 19, 1892, by Almon K. Virgil for an exercising keyboard for musicians.

Date Made: 1896

Maker: Virgil, Almon K.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments, Music & Musical Instruments, Pianos

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0485.01Accession Number: 1983.0485Catalog Number: 1983.0485.01

Object Name: piano

Physical Description: wood (overall material)ivory (overall material)ebony (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: in box: 13 in x 42 in x 18 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 106.68 cm x 46.99 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-72f3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_609331

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