Planchettes, set of

Planchettes, set of

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This set of planchettes was made by an undetermined maker and place, around 1847-1850.

It is tune #382 - la[ ]au[ ]erie. These planchettes were accessioned with Debain player piano (Cat. #236911). They feature English patent #11359 (1846), by Alexander Debain for improvements in keyed musical instruments

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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: largest planchette: 3/4 in x 16 3/4 in x 5 in; 1.905 cm x 42.545 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: smallest planchette: 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 in; 1.905 cm x 13.97 cm x 12.7 cm
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Credit Line
Bequest of Ann A. Jeffcott
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Mechanical Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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