Alphaeus Babcock
(1785-1842)

Babcock was a piano maker in Boston and Philadelphia in the early 1800's. He is best known for patenting a complete iron frame in a single casting used to resist the strain of stringing in square grands. Jonas Chickering would take his idea and incorporate it into grand pianos several years later.

This fine example of Babcock's work is a square grand veneered in mahogany with brass stringing and rosewood cross banding. Gilt lead moldings to case. Six turned and reeded legs with decorative gilt brass collars. Two pedals. Compass: FF-c4 . Inscription on nameboard: "Made by / A. Babcock / for G. P. Mackay, / Boston. Babcock made a limited number of pianos with this cabinet design, another of which resides in the permanent keyboard collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Origin: Boston, 1822 - 1824

Condition: Original

Price: Upon inquiry

 


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