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Pennsylvania Clavichord

Made by: Unknown

18th Century

North America

ca. 1780

The clavichord produces sound when a thin metal blade, or tangent, hits the string. 

This instrument is most likely a product of the immigrant Moravian community in Pennsylvania, which would make it one of three surviving 18th century American clavichords.

Music is central in Moravian community and religious life and provided a link to their Germanic homeland.  

 Acquired 1973

Black naturals, fretted clavichord
Range: C-d3
Exterior case: American black walnut