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A similar model of piano by JB Cramer was taken by Captain Scott on his first expedition to the Antarctic in 1901. It returned, reputedly in good working order, and was subsequently used by Cramers in their promotional material. An article on the Cramer Portable Piano including a drawing of the instrument, appears on the Ladies' Page of the Illustrated London News (p.132) dated 28 January 1899. The drawing has the instrument set up on a table with a decorative cloth or rug underneath. It claims that the weight is 140lbs or 224lbs when packed in a case. It gives the dimensions as 3 feet 8 inches long, 2 feet 2 inches high and 1 foot 2 inches deep. These measurements correspond more or less to those of this instrument.

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Inscribed on the nameboard 'J.B. Cramer & Co./Patent Portable Piano'. Five octaves, C-c4. Also known as a yacht piano.

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patent portable piano, also known as yacht piano
M7-1991
Musical Instruments

3 items (description level: top)

314.122-4-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters, by keyboard
Broad category
Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
patent portable piano, also known as yacht piano
yacht or patent portable piano
common name:  yacht piano
object name:  pianoforte
314.122-4 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters
314.122-4-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters, by keyboard

Maker
Cramer & Co., J. B.
Additional maker information
Cramer & Co., J. B.
Place
London, England, UK; Europe
Date made
1897
Additional date information
date made:  1897 

Materials & techniques
wood; ivory; copper alloy; iron; metal; textile
Additional material & technique information
material: copper alloy (overall)
material: iron/steel (overall)
material: iron (overall)
material: ivory (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: paint (overall)
material: textile (overall)
material: wood (overall)
Measurements
overall: 660 mm x 1120 mm x 495 mm 73.65 kg
Additional measurement information
overall: 660 mm x 1120 mm x 495 mm 73.65 kg

Further reading
Anonymous, 1899. A novel pianoforte. Illustrated London News, 114 (3119), 28 January, p132, p.132 (whole; describes similar; discusses similar; illustrates similar)

Related subjects
material: copper alloy
material: iron
material: ivory
material: metal
material: paint
object name: pianofortes
material: textile
material: wood

Record created 1999-12-26 by RPERKINS
Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS

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