Crystallophone

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Object Name: 
Crystallophone
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
83.2.28
Dimensions: 
Overall H (Open): 33 cm, W: 55 cm, D: 26.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1800-1840
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass; sheet glass, cut, grazed. Flat, tapered wood box, with elaborate graining and gilt bands on the top, sides, and inside; hinged flat top with eyes for hooks; cross-hatch decorated hooks; four paw feet, with leaf-molding at the top, of gilt brass on the corners; the inside painted bright blue, with a central vertical strip with two rounded arches; grained wood strip running lengthwise; 25 thin rectangular glass sheets with small paper labels, printed capital letters cemented on the underside; attached to lengths of fabric tape stretched from side to side, and held on the outside with brass nails; on the base, below the center strut, a square pink (paper label, with printed border and printed inscription "CROSSLEY, / Maker, St. Mary's - Gate, / Manchester." Two long, thin pieces of grained wood with longitudinal gold stripe on one side, of oval cross-section, one with a disk of cork with chamois leather facing attached on the end.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sheppard, Christopher, Source
1983-06-02
Color: 
Inscription: 
CORSSLEY, / Maker, St. Mary's - Gate, / Manchester
Printed Inscription
Keyboard Instruments from the time of Mozart
Venue(s)
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art 2003-03-04 through 2003-06-24
Jurors' Choice (New Glass Review 32) (2011) illustrated, p. 80, bottom; BIB# AI95693
Keyboard Instruments from the Time of Mozart (2003) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# 82886