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Object Name Piano
Catalog Number 1994.7
Maker Gale, Adam H.
Date 1849
Material(s) Mahogany/Oak/Rosewood/Ebony/Ivory/Steel/Wrought iron/Cloth
Dimensions H-36.375 W-70 D-34.25 inches
Description This piano has a mahogany veneer on oak. There are four heavy thick octagonal urn-shaped legs screwed to the bottom of the body with wooden screws. There are iron casters on the feet. The rectangular body has a molding strip at the base and the front corners are angled. There are forty-three ivory-veneered wooden keys and thirty ebony keys. The keyboard is located in a curved inset in the front of the body. The piano top is in three hinged section: one that covers the keyboard, one in the center of the top and one at the back. There is a brass lock on the front of the keyboard cover. There is a wooden music stand above the keyboard folds down under the piano top. A gold enameled molded wooden bar divides the interior compartments under the lid into the string area and the rosewood paneled front area. The steel strings are interwoven with red and blue wool felt. The lyre-shaped foot pedal assembly is mortised and pinned to the bottom of the body. There are two plated pedals.
Notes Family tradition held that this piano was purchased by Gen. John Faulkner for his daughters. Faulkner was a legislator from Garrard County, 1810-1834. He died, however, in 1838, a decade before this piano was manufactured in New York, leaving two daughters Margaret (born ca. 1835), Mary (born ca. 1837) and son John (born ca. 1838). His widow, Jane Kavanaugh Faulkner, married a prominent Garrard Co. landowner, John Walker, on June 18, 1840. It is likely that the piano was purchased by the Walkers or by the trustees of the John Faulkner estate, who were specially charged in Faulkner's will to see to the education of the girls. Margaret Faulkner married 1) William White of Madison County, 2) the Reverend J. Breckinridge, and 3) the Reverend Robert L. Breck. Mary Josephine Faulkner married William J. Lusk in 1861. Mary left the piano to her daughter, Mrs. Jane Kavanaugh Lusk McDowell, who passed it on to the donor, her daughter, named Mary Louis McDowell.
Collection Mary Louise McDowell Collection
People Gale, Adam H.
Faulkner, John Kennedy
Faulkner, John Kennedy, Jr.
Faulkner, Jane M. Kavanaugh
Lusk, Mary Faulkner
White, Margaret Faulkner
Walker, John
Subjects Pianos
Musical instruments
Instruments, Musical
Search Terms New York
Garrard County (Ky.)
Lancaster (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS