Musical glasses (Grand Harmonicon)

about 1830
Francis Hopkinson Smith (1797–1872)

Object Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States


Length 91 cm, width 54 cm, case height 21 cm, height with stand 79.5 cm (Length 35 13/16 in., width 21 1/4 in., case height 8 1/4 in., height with stand 31 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, glass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Rectangular mahogany case with fold-up top. Pedestal base. Space for twenty-four glasses. Twenty-seven glasses included.

Mahogany veneered case, chipped and top cracked. Rectangular box 24 stemmed glasses of varying sizes, with letters in gold on black oval, (l extra glass) standing in holes on inner board. Broken glass knob lifts cover. Heavy circular pedestral on shaped plinth.


1952, gift of Arthur F. Teele and his daughter, Mrs. David Paine, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur P. Teele and Mrs. David Paine