Doll Upright Piano

Doll Upright Piano

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This upright piano was made by Jacob Doll in New York, New York around 1898-1901. Jacob Doll came to New York from his native Germany at the age of fourteen and found work in a wood-working company. In 1885 he established a piano making factory in New York. This piano has a compass of AAA-c5, standard upright action, felt hammers, single, double, and triple-strings, 3 pedals, one-piece cast-iron frame, cross-strung, and an ebonized case highly decorated with eagles at the top corners.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Doll, Jacob
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
ebonized (case: material)
cast-iron (frame: material)
felt (hammers: material)
overall: 68 in x 65 1/2 in x 28 1/2 in; 172.72 cm x 166.37 cm x 72.39 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My Great Grandfather was Adolf Doll, and he was a piano builder in New York. He also came from Germany. Maybe he was related to Jacob Doll. Very interesting!
Nice to see this. My grandfather was one of Jacob's brother, and plant superintendent for many years. We have pictures of family members, posing along this piano, when it was on display. I too saw it on display back in the early 60s.

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