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Kenneth G. Fiske Museum

Checklist of Pianos

 

K8 Square Piano, John Sellers, Philadelphia?, 1780-85. 4½ octaves: C to f3, no. 4 written in chalk on the action frame, one knee lever (missing). One of three examples known by this maker. Gift of Victoria Chapin Rogers in memory of Dorothy Elizabeth Whiffen (Chapin), Riverside, CA, 1987.

K33 Square Piano, Buntebart & Sievers, London, 1789. 5 octaves: FF to f3, two handstops. Gift of Mary Belle Swingle, Laguna Beach, CA, 1991.

K49 Square Piano, Trute & Wiedberg, probably Philadelphia, ca. 1794. 5 octaves: FF to f3, one handstop. Three other example by these makers are known. Loan of Mr. And Mrs. Will Waite, Fullerton, 1998.

K11 Square Piano, Erard Frères & Co., Paris, 1799. 5 octaves: FF to f3, one knee lever (restored). Loan from Scripps College, Claremont, 1987.

K42 Square Piano, Astor & Co., London, ca. 1805. 5½ octaves: FF to c4, serial no. 1596, one handstop, one pedal (missing). Gift of Robert Marshall, West Covina, CA in memory of William Fletcher, 1993.

K47 Square Piano, Muir Wood & Co., Edinburgh, ca. 1815. 5½ octaves: FF to c4, serial no. 1645, one pedal. Gift of Miriam Loucks, Claremont, 1995.

K21 Square Piano, Samuel Neilson, New York, 1828-33, one pedal (missing). 6 octaves: FF to f4. Loan from John and Lynne Bolen, Irvine, CA, 1989.

K38 Square Piano, Nutting & Co., London, ca. 1830. 6 octaves: FF to f4, one pedal. Gift of Mark E. Adams, Solana Beach, CA, 1992.

K43 Grand Piano, Jean-Henri Pape, Paris, ca. 1833. 6½ octaves: CC to g4, serial no. 2494, two pedals. One of two known grand pianos by this maker in the United States. Includes a down-striking action. Gift of Frederick and Barbara Gable, Riverside, CA, 1993.

K37 Square Piano, Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig, ca. 1840. 6 octaves: FF to f4, serial no. 2791, two pedals (missing). Imported by Brauns and Focke of Baltimore. One of the earliest documented pianos to arrive in California. Loan of the California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA, 1992.

K32 Square Piano, Wilkens & Newhall, Boston, ca. 1845. 6 octaves: FF to f4, one pedal. Gift of Richard Jalos, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991.

K53 Grand Piano, Ignaz Boesendorfer, Vienna, ca. 1850. 7 octaves: AAA to a4. Gift of Robert Christiansen, Pasadena, 2002.

K15 Grand Piano, Jonas Chickering, Boston, 1850. 6 1/2 octaves: CC to g4, serial no. 10715, two pedals. One of the only surviving "semi-grand" pianos by this maker and one of the earliest surviving American-made grand pianos. Gift of the Dunlap family, Long Beach, CA, 1988.

K27 Square Piano, Chickering & Co., Boston, ca. 1853. 7 octaves: CC to c5, serial no. 14246, two pedals. Gift of Phoebe Ward, Ontario, CA and Honey Ward, 1990 in memory of Dr. Jerome Hill Titus and family.

K50 Square Piano with "aeolian attachment", Hallet Davis & Co., Boston, ca. 1854. 6 octaves and a major third: FF to a4, serial no. 3742. Square pianos with reed organ attachments were made in small numbers during the 1840s and 1850s. Gift of Travis Cidila, So-Cal Piano Movers, 1999.

K44 Grand Piano, Erard Co., London, ca. 1855. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 5510, two pedals. Gift of Miriam Loucks, Claremont, 1995.

K31 Upright Piano, J. & J. Hopkinson, London, ca. 1860. 7 octaves: CC to c4, serial no. 19086, two pedals (wood). The "Bijou" model. Gift of Dr. Robert Taylor, Upland, CA, 1991.

K19 Square Piano, Hallet & Davis & Co., Boston, 1864. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 11272, two pedals. Signed on back of nameboard: "Wm. J. Gould Polisher, Boston, Mass. Nove. 26 1864." Gift of Carl F. Broderick, Los Angeles, CA, 1989.

K13 Square Piano, Frederick Mathushek, New York, ca. 1867. 7 octaves: CC to c5, serial no. 852, two pedals. "Colibri" model, the earliest known piano by Mathushek said to have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, 1876. Gift of Palomar College, Riverside, CA, 1988.

K9 Square Piano, Chickering & Sons, Boston, ca. 1868-69. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 33863, two pedals. Gift of Frances Walker, Upland, CA, 1987.

K1 Square Piano, Kranich & Bach, New York, 1869. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 2712, two pedals. Gift of Hugh J. Hamilton, Claremont, 1977.

K17 Grand Piano, Ludwig Bösendorfer, Vienna, 1872. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 7532, two pedals. Purchased with funds supplied by Robert and Margery Rawlins, Balboa Island, CA, 1988.

K18 Square Piano, Steinway & Sons, New York, ca. 1883. 7 1/3 octaves: AAA to c5, serial no. 51425, two pedals. Gift of Dottie Barron, La Cañada, CA, 1988.

K25 Square Piano, Henry Miller, Wakefield, MA, ca. 1886. 7 1/3 octaves: AAA to c5, written on pencil on the back of the key slip, "built 1886", two pedals. Gift of John O’Neal, Laguna Beach, CA, 1990.

K36 Grand Piano, Anton Petrof, Hradec Králové, ca. 1893. 7 octaves: AAA to a4, serial no. 11229, two pedals. Gift of Walter Ledda, Santa Ana, CA, 1991.

K29 "Perfected Practice Clavier" (Practice Piano), Almon Kincaid Virgil, New York, ca. 1895. 7 1/3 octaves: AAA to c5, serial no. 340, one lever for adjusting action, two levers for clicks. Gift of Dorothy and Bill Landecena, Upland, CA, 1990.

K7 Mute Piano, Anonymous, American, ca. 1900. 6 octaves: FF to g4. The piano keyboard in a rectangular case is unattached to any sound producing device. Curtis Janssen Collection, 1953.

K28 "Tekniclavier" (Practice Piano), Antha Minerva Virgil, New York, ca. 1905. 7 1/3 octaves: AAA to c5, serial no. 395, one knob for adjusting action, two levers for clicks. Gift of Charles Miller, La Cañada, CA, 1990.

K20 Reproducing Piano, Aeolian Co., New York, 1917. 7 1/3 octaves: AAA to c5, serial no. 52304, three pedals. Includes the duo-art mechanism. Gift of Carl F. Broderick, Los Angeles, CA, 1989.

E15 Clavinet II by the Hohner Co., Trossingen, 1976, 5 ½ octaves, FF to b3, serial no. 615619. Gift of Ruth White, Los Angeles, 1988.

E20 Electra-piano and harpsichord by RMI (Rocky Mountain Instruments), Denver, 1979, 6 octaves, FF to f4, model 300B, serial no. 4264. Gift of Ruth White, Los Angeles, 1988.