Kratt Master Key Chromatic Pitch Pipe

Kratt Master Key Chromatic Pitch Pipe

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description (Brief)

This pitch pipe was made by William Kratt Company in Union, New Jersey, undetermined date. It is a Master Key Chromatic Pitch pitch pipe, with 12 single holes and 12 reeds. This pitch pipe is circular shaped, made of a black plastic comb with a metal cover attached with a screw and nut. Accessioned with original cardboard box. The pitch pipe is stamped:

MASTER KEY
CHROMATIC PITCH INSTR.

(and):

U.S. PATENT NOS 1538336 – 1796795

(the boxed is marked):

THE
MASTER KEY
13 KEYS
CHROMATIC PITCH
INSTRUMENTS
A-440
PAT.NOS 1538336 – 1796795
MADE IN U.S.A.

This pitch pipe features the following patents:

U.S. Patent #1538336, dated May 19, 1925 by William Kratt for a pitch pipe.
U. S. Patent #1796795A, dated April 14, 1928 by William Kratt for a pitch pipe.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pitch pipe
maker
Wm. Kratt Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Union
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
pitch pipe: 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 6.35 cm
box: 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.578
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.578
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Harmonicas
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.