Piano accordion (Model 10)
Object Place: New York City, New York
Overall: 52.1 x 39.4 x 17.8 cm (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood, plastic, metal, paperboard, textile
Not On View
Wood framed body with cloth/cardboard bellows. Decorated with plastic based white celluloid veneer and studded with reflective rhinestones. The white color was considered fairly rare in its day and was a special order feature.
Made with 4 treble reeds and 5 bass side reeds. Tuning is LMMH. This unit was probably made for a female player as it radiates an aire of elegance and high quality. Excelsior accordions were highly sought after and became a popular “workhorse” for many accordionists. It was considered a full size top accordion in its day with 120 bass buttons. It also has a master palm switch.
Serial # 3939
Before 2013, Alex Music, Manhattan, NY; 2013, sold by Alex Music to Paul Ramunni, Canaan, CT; 2016, sold by Ramunni to the MFA (Accession date: November 9, 2016)
John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund