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Upright pianoforte

This piano was used on the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert between 1904 and 1954. After that, it was presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Portsmouth Group Band, whose responsibility was to provide the Royal Yacht Band at that time. The piano was in constant use by successive bands until January 1982 when it was presented to the museum. It still is in playing condition. It is an upright piano with satin wood veneer, a keyboard with 88 keys (A0-A7: seven octaves plus 3 notes), and two pedals, probably for soft and sustain effects.

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  • Decorative elements:The piano veneer is inlaid with a festooned Greco-Roman design featuring a central oval depiction of a classical mythology/allegory scene and the monograms for King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
  • Inscriptions:Inscribed on the name board: [S&S trademark] / Steinway & Sons / Patent / New York & Hamburg. (gothic script)|Engraved on metal plate applied on front: From Her Majesty Yacht Victoria and Albert / 1899 - 1954
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:314.122-4-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Height: 1320mm; Width: 1535mm; Depth: 750mm