Harmonium

Production date
Circa 1850s
Description
A harmonium which resembles a small organ. It has a wooden frame and has a keyboard and a wooden base which contains a pair of bellows and two pedals. The keyboard has twenty two white ivory coated keys and fifteen black ebony keys. The case which encloses the keys has a triple hinged lid. The lid and case have a small key lock at the front and are decorated with a dark grainy wooden veneer with bronze metal and coloured inlays. The coloured inlays are red, green, blue and pearl. These inlays appear in a floral pattern on the top and front panels of the case. There are inlaid rectangular borders on the sides and back from the bronze. One half panel of the left hand side has been replaced with a piece of wood which is similar to the wood of the base. The base pedals are covered in a threadbare carpet. There are white cords attached from the pedals to the bellows which work the bellows and force the air from them over the reeds. The bellows are not visible from the front as they are covered by a wooden panel. At the back of the base is a leather hinge panel with latch which reveals the workings of the bellows.

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Production date
Circa 1850s
Production place
Credit line
This harmonium is thought to be the first instrument used in St Mary's Church, New Plymouth.
Accession number
A94.038
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