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2005.23.1 (RS85721)


Pianoforte, rectangular form. Mahogany veneered with brass string inlay. Double brass molding in dot and leaf pattern along front and sides. Pianoforte has three drawers, two outermost ones have brass ring pulls with ornate foliate escutcheons. Hinged lid and fall board also has brass molding along edge. Six turned and reeded tapered legs with brass cuffs and casters. Two matching pedal legs. Board behind keys has some fretwork on either end and brassmaker's plate at center. Inside piano is a removeable dust board painted green, black and gold. Front edges of ivory keys are molded.


ca. 1820
"MADE By/ A. Babcock/ for G.D. Mackay/ Boston" (Engraved)
"27" (stamped)
"45" (stamped)
Object type
Musical T&E; Musical Instruments
Descriptive terms
Instrument, Keyboard
Piano, Square
34 1/4 x 66 1/2 x 26 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Evelyn Sawyer Tobias
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Piano by A. Babcock - 2005.23.1 #

AvatarPosted by Marlowe Sigal on February 22, 2013
The maker of this square piano was Alpheus Babcock here in Boston. Happily, many of these elegant Babcock pianos have survived, but the very lovely piano stool is quite rare. G.D. Mackay was a retailer who sold many of Babcock's pianos.

Piano and stool #

AvatarPosted by Nancy Carlisle on February 22, 2013
We have several Babcock pianos, but this is one of the nicest. We also have several piano stools, but like you, I think this is a particularly lovely example. It may well be the earliest one we have. Mr. Sigal, thank you so much for pointing out its rarity.
Nancy Carlisle
Senior Curator of Collections