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.
Black naturals, fretted clavichord
Exterior case: American black walnut