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Square pianoforte

An English square piano in mahogany with rounded front corners. Compass: F1 to f4; 73 notes. This instrument is very similar in structure and action to the Museum's Collard & Collard square piano (RCM 313). It was Broadwood, in a patent of 1825, who introduced the check to the square piano action. The amount of metal bracing is also similar but the soundboard of this model is partially laminated and very heavily ribbed. The sides of the case are veneered in mahogany with rounded front corners. The front of the nameboard is decorated with a brass inlay. Both the metal bar and the hitchpin plate are painted black and marbled.

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    circa 1840
  • Maker:
    John Broadwood & Sons [Corporation]
  • Collection:
    Royal College of Music Museum
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  • Inscriptions:Ink on glazed paper recessed into nameboard: ‘Patent \ John Broadwood & Sons \ Manufacturers to Her Majesty \ Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square. \ London’
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum