upright piano

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

upright piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.1-4-8 True board zithers sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Józefat Karol Golmer

Date: ca. 1910-14

Village / Town: Radom

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland (present-day Poland)

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, 1 Kościelna St. 1991, bought from Alicja Helman (musicologist, historian of culture, film and film music) from Cracow

Inventory number: MHP 27/I

Description: black polished. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung, full frame casted together with hitch pin block’s armour. English repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard inlaid in brass: J. GOLMER;  on the key lever A2 pencilled: 17/X/42 Schneider, 150, Jeżewski 9 X 29.

Measurements: height 1300, width 1600, depth 360 (640) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-c5 – 7¼ octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers, hand stop – moderator/piano

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu  w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994); B. Vogel, Fortepian polski. Budownictwo fortepianów na ziemiach polskich od poł. XVIII w. do II wojny światowej, (Warszawa, 1995), p. 221

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