Item sold on 2017-09-20 - Shipped on 2017-09-26
Shipper: RICK HILL (336-848-1214)
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A remarkable early "square" piano with no iron frame is usually termed a "pianoforte," and is signed "Timothy Gilbert, Feb. 1, 1830, Washington St., Boston."
The old finish on genuine rosewood has stains, rings, wear and losses, see photos. Hand carved fluted legs with Ionic capitals and brass wheels and the lyre pedal frame are original on this American made musical instrument. There are both engraved brass and paper signatures.
There is a folding music desk and the interior is mahogany and curly or "birdseye" maple. Ivory keys are in very good condition.
There is one string missing, and an area of the soundboard has apparent water damage, a split and warps as shown. There is a chiseled out board on the right side, perhaps from a stick to support the lid open. Pedals and dampers do not work. Keys do play, but this pianoforte is severely out of tune, and would be a candidate for either significant restoration or decorative use.
Gilbert (1797-1865) was an ardent abolitionist as well, he operated an "Underground Railway" in his home, and announced in the papers that his door was open to runaway slaves. In 1847, he invented the cast iron frame now used on all pianos.
Measurements are 6' long, 30" deep and 36" tall.
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