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The Piano in Polish Collections

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: Franz Richter

Date: ca. 1890

Village / Town: Berlin

Country: Prussia (German Empire) / present-day Germany

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 2000 by Zofia Dietrych-Rap from Warsaw

Inventory number: MHP 57/I

Description: walnut and rosewood veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung. A metal rest pin block for three-fourths of strings. English repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a square plate inlaid in brass reads: Fr. Richter / BERLIN; № 158 penciled at the back of the upper door; on the hitch pin block, a printed square paper sticker with wavy edges states: OTTO DREHER / Instrumentenmacher u. Stimmer / BERLIN S. O. / Waldemarstr. 87 II Tr.; 12953 pressed on the upper edge of the left side; tone indications and 6. 19. 94 in pencil on the hitch pin block; 9853 written in a copying pencil at the upper door’s back

Measurements: height 1170, width 1360, depth 330 (630) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – piano and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: H. Henkel, Lexikon deutscher Klavierbauer, (Frankfurt an Main 2000) p. 504

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