Accordion

about 1860


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Length 30.8 cm, width 13.2 cm, depth with bellows compressed 12.2 cm (Length 12 1/8 in., width 5 3/16 in., depth with bellows compressed 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.391

Medium or Technique

Rosewood

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Rectangular rosewood-veneered case. Five-fold pasteboard bellows covered with colored paper in floral pattern. Twenty-six round mother-of-pearl valve covers with rectangular mother-of-pearl touchpieces, arranged in two rows. Two bass keys with long levers for the right hand; two bass keys for the left hand.  -valve and lever broken off. Includes stained softwood case lined with floral-pattern textile; a loose scarf inside.

Provenance

Before 1912, Esther M. Morcombe neé Newhall, who the instrument was purchased for and used by; by 1975, by descent to her granddaughter, Pearl E. Squires, Melrose, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 10, 1975)

Credit Line

Gift of Pearl E. Squires in memory of Esther M. Morcombe