Location: New England, Middlesex County, Boston, Massachusetts
Artist: John Osborne
Materials: Mahogany veneer, rosewood veneer, brad, steel, silk
Pianoforte made by John Osborne of Boston, MA. The case is veneered with mahogany, rosewood, and figured maple. The top, back, ends, front end panels & key board lid have cross banded mahogany stringing. The case is stepped on front ends with a brass ornamented molding set in step. Brass string inlay on the interior. Brass and rosewood center plaque with a foliate design and inscription, “John Osborn’s patent Boston near Boylston Market.” Center plaque is flanked on either side by pierced brass panels with foliate decoration. Case supported on four turned mahogany legs with carved acanthus leaves & section of pronounced fluting. Damper pedal supported by carved mahogany lyre. Legs have brass cup castors. Two mahogany music racks, one on the case lid and one inside the case. A mahogany swivel rod is mounted inside the left end to support top. All hinges on lid are brass. The interior has hollow steel pipe running diagonally, parallel to and in front of the strings. The strings are partially covered by a thin, harp-shaped mahogany panel. Range is six octaves from FFF to ffff.