Virgil Tekniklavier

Virgil Tekniklavier

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Description

This clavier is a practice instrument made by Mrs. Antha M. Virgil in New York, New York, around 1910. It is a rectangular-shaped instrument, serial number 1[ ]08, with a compass of AA-c5. Practice claviers such as this one were often stringless or muted, but had piano “action” to train young pianists. Mrs. Antha Virgil was married to Almon Virgil, and together they started producing several practice books, pianos, and lessons in New York. After their divorce around 1900, they started competing in the practice piano market, and Mrs. Virgil produced this Tekniklavier. The instrument is stenciled:

Tekniklavier
TRADE MARK REGISTERED
MANUFACTURED BY
Mrs. A.M. Virgil
New York

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1909-1911
maker
Virgil, Antha M.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 in x 54 in x 20 1/2 in; 88.9 cm x 137.16 cm x 52.07 cm
ID Number
1983.0482.01
accession number
1983.0482
catalog number
1983.0482.01
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy L. Klausli
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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