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Piano accordion (Polka King model)

about 1950
Distributed by Italo-American Accordion Company


Object Place: Castelfidardo, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 54.6 x 41.9 x 22.2 cm (21 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2016.579

Medium or Technique

Wood, plastic, metal, paperboard, textile

Not On View

Classifications

Aerophones

Construction – Wood framed body with cloth and cardboard reinforced bellows. Made specifically for polka playing which has always been very popular in the upper Mid-west portion of the USA. Built circa 1950’s in Castlefidardo, Italy.
Made with 4 treble reeds tuned specifically for musette sounds that characterize the typical polka dance. The bass has 5 reeds. The tuning is LMMM (Triple musette) with a special selector for the polka sound. It is a full sized 120 bass accordion and was custom built. It has a master palm switch, back pad and shoulder straps.

Inscription

Serial #585

Provenance

2015, sold by Guenadiy Lazarov, Accordion Gallery, Ledgewood, NJ, to Paul Ramunni, Canaan, CT; 2016, sold by Paul Ramunni to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund