Babcock Square Piano

Babcock Square Piano

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This square piano was made by Alphues Babcock for George D. Mackay in Boston, Massachusetts around 1822-1824. During the 1820s, Babcock was financed largely by the Mackay family. The inscription on the nameboard reads “Made by / A. BABCOCK / For / G.D. Mackay / BOSTON.” This piano is serial number 12/VI and has a compass of FF-c4, an English double action, basswood core leather hammers, double-strings throughout, 1 pedal: dampers, wood frame, and a mahogany veneered case with rosewood banding.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
piano, square, ca. 1822-1824
date made
1822-1824
maker
Babcock, Alpheus
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
MI.60.1389
catalog number
60.1389
accession number
227687
Credit Line
Made available through the Cooper Union Museum
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Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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