Piano

1968.994.1

Creation Date
1881 – 1900

Dimensions

147.320 cm. H x 157.480 cm. W x 68.580 cm. D Item (Overall)

Description
Piano of walnut, upright, 58" high, 62" wide, 27" deep at keyboard level. Simple design is etched on three front panels. The center one hinged for angle over keyboard to hold music. Two legs, lathe turned, spooled, and ending in square block support the keyboard. They ornamented with deep carved floral design in three sides, lower part has one large panel inset. Key cover is hinged over ivory keys. The words; "Behr Bros. & Co., N.Y. " in gold inside. Serial number 14660. It was likely made in 1899. According to the donor, this was one of the first four pianos brought to Pope County. W. J. Carson bought it for his daughter, Mabel. It was sold for $250 in liberty bonds to Thomas Dobbin in 1930, and has been in these two homes only. Mrs. Carson said, "We looked for a simple design." Mr. Carson said, "I looked for tone." BEHR BROS. & CO. Manufactured by a veteran organization which has been actively engaged in making pianos since the year 1851. Behr upright and grand pianos are distinguished far their beautiful tone, their handsome and distinctive designs, their exquisite craftsmanship and great durability. Behr player-pianos are famed for their exclusive and distinctive expression devices, which make possible the most artistic effects. Highest awards have been granted the well-known Behr Bros. instruments at leading worlds' fairs and centennial expositions, such as New Orleans, 1885; Melbourne. 1888, and Chicago. 1893.

Related People and Organizations
Dobbin, Thomas H.
Carson, Mabel
Carson, Indiana (Colbjornson)

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