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Piano accordion (Gloria model)

about 1938
Italo-American Accordion Company

Object Place: Chicago, Illinois


Overall: 52.1 x 38.1 x 25.4 cm (20 1/2 x 15 x 10 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plastic, metal, paperboard, textile

Not On View



Construction – Body made of wood and covered with a plastic veneer called celluloid. It has a light blue coloring that was designed to attract young ladies and encourage them to play. It was a very stylish accordion for its day. Built circa 1938 in the “heyday” of the accordion in America.
Made with 4 treble reeds and 5 bass reeds with standard tuning LMMH. It has a decorative grill with reflective trim for enhancement. It has 120 bass buttons.


Before 2011, Cleveland Accordion Museum, Ohio; 2011, sold by Cleveland Accordion Museum to Paul Ramunni, Canaan, CT; 2016, sold by Ramunni to the MFA (Accession date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Ernest Kahn Fund