Rare “Parlor Gem” Model Square Piano By Marshall, James & Traver of NY
The firm of Marshall, James & Traver built high-quality pianos in Albany, NY from 1855 – 1868. The firm later became known as the famous Marshall & Wendell Piano Company of New York.
This lovely little instrument is a rare example of the “Parlor Gem” model square piano built by Marshall, James & Traver during the Civil War era. These instruments were slightly smaller than most full-size square pianos and were intended for rural cottages, chapels and boudoirs of the era. Their small size gave them a sweet, delicate harp-like tone quality that is quite pleasing to hear.
This piano is made of Brazilin Rosewood and is of the Empire Revival Victorian style. Note that the back of piano cabinet is finished like the front, indicating the instrument was designed to be placed in the middle of a room and viewed from all sides rather than against a wall.
This piano will be restored inside and out with a historical perspective in mind. If desired, this piano can be equipped with the Pianomation player system, and can play by itself by streaming music live from any smart streaming device. Thousands of song titles are available.
The antique matching piano stool is included.