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Organized piano

about 1829
Alpheus Babcock (American, 1785–1842)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 178.8 cm, width 68.8 cm, piano case height 29.6 cm, height with organ base 98 cm (Length 70 3/8 in., width 27 1/16 in., piano case height 11 5/8 in., height with organ base 38 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments




Engraved on brass plaque on nameboard: A. Babcock / Boston; stamped on d' keylever, keyframe, and under keyslip: 570: stamped at left end of keywell: 570 [with the numeral "5" stamped over a "4"]; decal in three places: H. W. BERRY / Kranich and Bach Pianos / And E. P. NEEDHAM & SONS / Silver Tongue Parlor Organs / Warerooms 915(?) Washington Street / BOSTON


About 1988, sold by Charles Whittier, an antiques dealer, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, to Paul Knoke, III, Rochester, New York; 1993, sold by Knoke to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 17, 1993)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund