Rare William Geib Square Forte-Piano

This early American made square grand piano shows obvious European influence in style and design.

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YEAR: 1830
FINISH: Mahogany with Ormolu accents
STATUS: Restored

This lovely little instrument was built by William Geib in New York circa about 1830. Instruments of this type were quite popular in Europe during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Instruments like this can often be seen featured in period movies such as “Sense & Sensibility” and “Pride & Prejudice”, etc., and this instrument was clearly built with a great deal of European influence.
The instrument is made of exotic grained flame mahogany wood with beautifully inlaid marquetry and ormolu accents. It still retains its original ivory and ebony keyboard which is in perfect condition after 185 years!
Upon restoration, the piano will have six legs as well as a unique sustain pedal mechanism which appears to be a seventh leg attached to the underside of the piano. This pedal mechanism will be reattached during the restoration process.
Once restored, this instrument will have a very soft, “harp-like” tone quality unlike the loud and sometimes harsher tone of modern instruments. Playing an instrument like this allows one to hear the piano the way it was actually heard by the great composers of the period. A matching antique piano stool is included.