Kratt Pitch Pipe

Kratt Pitch Pipe

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This pitch pipe was made by William Kratt Co., in Union, New Jersey, undetermined date. It is an A-440 model, with 10 single holes and 10 reeds. This pitch pipe has a red stained wooden comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws. Accessioned with original cardboard box. The pitch pipe is engraved:

MADE
W. KRATT
IN U.S.A.

(and printed on box):

W. KRATT
PITCH PIPE
A – 440
MADE IN U.S.A.

This item was sold by Albert Moglie (b. December 16, 1890, Rome; d. June 9, 1988, Washington DC), instrument maker and restorer, and proprietor of a violin shop in Washington DC for 65 years from 1922 until 1987. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Antonio Sgarbi and subsequently worked under Luigi Enbergher, Giuseppe Rossi and Rodolfo Fredi, all of Rome. Following these apprenticeships, Moglie was a student of Hippolyte Sylvestre in Paris and Leandro Bisiach in Milan.

Albert Moglie came to America at the age of 24 to work for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, first in Cincinnati and then New York City in 1916. By 1917 he had established his own shop in New York at 1431 Broadway. He moved to Washington DC in 1922.

Moglie enjoyed a fine reputation in Washington as a violin restorer, and is especially remembered as the caretaker of the Gertrude Clark Whittall Stradivari quartet of instruments at the Library of Congress, an association that began in the 1930s and lasted more than 50 years.

The Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Archives Center houses additional information on the life and career of Albert F. Moglie:

https://sova.si.edu/record/NMAH.AC.0283

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pitch pipe
manufacturer
Wm. Kratt Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Union
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 3 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 9.2075 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
2018.3081.069
catalog number
2018.3081.069
nonaccession number
2018.3081
Credit Line
Gift of Albert F. Moglie and Lorette M. Moglie
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Data Source
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