Pedal harp

about 1865
George Freemantle (American, 1804–1889)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Height 169.5 cm, width 84.6 cm, depth 40 cm (Height 66 3/4 in., width 33 5/16 in., depth 15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood with four rectangular openings in back. Soundboard of spruce, with grain oriented essentially horizontally, but angled slightly upward from proper right to proper left. Pedalbox of hardwood. Four reeded feet of hardwood. Pillar of hardwood, fluted and surmounted by round capital. Floral decorations of molded plaster applied to upper and lower surfaces of column. Neck of hardwood with strap of steel screwed along length of upper edge. Later green, black, and gold paint on all exterior surfaces. Seven pedals of brass operating single-action fourchette mechanism. String pegs of ebony. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of EE to e3 (forty-three strings).


Engraved on action plate: Geo. Freemantle, / MAKER, / Boston, Mass.


2004, sold by Tepper Auction, New York, to Gerald Goodman, New York; 2004, sold by Goodman to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by William and Deborah Elfers