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Pedal harp, Georges and Jacques-Georges Cousineau, Paris, c. 1785

DETAILS

Object name
Makers
Date
circa 1785
Object number
RCM0199
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1899

Description

Single-action pedal harp with 35 strings and Cousineau’s béquille (crutch) action. Soundboard cross-grained; no soundholes. Back of nine staves of figured maple, ebonised. Neck, pillar and pedal-box gessoed and gilded. Seven folding pedals of iron. Closed bottom to soundbox; four original iron feet. Tuning-pins with square tapered heads. Adjustable nuts in the form of iron studs mounted on brass plates, sliding against fixed plates, and moved by a threaded rod. The béquille action pinches the string laterally between two levers rotating in opposite directions. The seven springs are tensioned by ratchets. Tuned in E♭.

Dimensions

Height: 1639mm. Width: 917mm.

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