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Object Name Toy, Musical
Common Name Toy, Piano
Catalog Number 1951.25
Maker A. Schoenhut Company
Date 1900
Material(s) Wood/Paint
Dimensions H-5.25 W-5 D-4.75 inches
Description This is a small wooden toy upright piano that features painted cupids and scrollwork on the front. The piano has four keys.
Notes This piano was given to the donor as a Christmas gift in 1900.

Albert Schoenhut (1848-1912), a German immigrant and third generation toy maker, lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He made advances in toy pianos while working for Wanamaker's Department Store. In 1872, he left Wanamaker's to open his own small shop where he expanded his product line to include other musical instruments as well as toys such as dolls, soldiers, boats, dollhouses, and doll furniture. His most popular item came in 1903 when the "Humpty Dumpty Circus" was introduced. This lines of toys featured clowns, circus tents, circus wagons, performers, and a wide range of animals. These toys were popular nationally and internationally. The A. Schoenhut Company created these circus toys until 1935 when the company declared bankruptcy.
Collection Alga Savage Lively Collection
People A. Schoenhut Company
Lively, Alga Savage
Subjects Toys
Pianos
Play (Recreation)
Christmas presents
Gifts
Search Terms Toys
Children
Play
Christmas
gift
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS