Carpentier Piano Player

Carpentier Piano Player

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This piano player was made by Jules Carpentier in Paris, France, around 1888-1892. It is a Melotrope mechanical piano player that is placed on top of a keyboard that depresses the keys. The instrument has a range of 37 notes, is hand cranked, and plays perforated cardboard strips. Accessioned with 6 books of music, mounting brackets, and custom box. The donor did not include the hand fly wheel.

This instrument features U. S. Patent #371422, dated October 11, 1887, by Jules Carpentier for a mechanical keyboard player.

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Object Name
Piano Player
piano player
date made
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: piano player: 5 1/4 in x 29 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 13.335 cm x 74.295 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Carl Hering
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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