Austrian or German, Glassichord, c.1800-1820
This is a lovely instrument, and in particularly fine condition. It came to the United States from Europe about 60 years ago, brought here by inveterate travelers. The case is made of pine painted black overall with light gold painted embellishments. The lid lifts and just below it is a spruce resonating board over the glass keys, which are struck by felt covered wooden hammers. One of the glass key bars has been replaced. The keys have an enamel surface and each key has it’s note indicated in red. There are two-and-a-half octaves. The black keys are not, in fact, separate keys-just painted in. This is a delightful gem of an instrument.
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