Made by George Hicks / Barrel Piano / ca. 1860Made by George Hicks
Barrel Piano
ca. 1860

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Creator Name: Hicks, George
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Name-CRT: Made by George Hicks
Title: Barrel Piano
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1850
Creation End Date: 1870
Creation Date: ca. 1860
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Chordophone without neck/struck
Materials and Techniques: Wood, various materials
Dimensions: Total H. 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm); W. 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm); L. of longest string 27 1/2 in. (69.8 cm); L. of shortest string 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.4.2048
Credit Line: The Crosby Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

When the crank is turned, pins on a rotating cylinder engage hammers that strike the strings, playing any of ten tunes, including 'Yankee Doodle.' At the same time, a bell rings and the articulated figures move in time to the music. One figure deposits coins in a trough. Shown with front string cover panel removed.

AMICA ID: MMA_.89.4.2048
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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