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Clavichord (after Christian Gotthelf Hoffman, 1784)

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In ink on the hitch-pin plank: Made by Chickering & Sons / under the direction of / Arnold Dolmetsch / Boston USA / MCMVI / no. 7; in ink on nameboard: CHICKERING & SONS BOSTON VSA MCMVI No. 7; in pencil on inside of bottom: No 7; in ink? on side of FF key lever: I. Fuso


Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 172.2 cm, width 50.5 cm, case height 15.2 cm (Length 67 13/16 in., width 19 7/8 in., case height 6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones