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Tuning fork

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Traditional-shaped tuning fork of steel pitched at A=430 cps.

Inscription

Stamped: A

Provenance

By 1829, William Day, a deacon and double-bass player for the meeting house [where he used the tuning fork as a pitch standard], Bradford (Essex County), Massachusetts; by descent to his great-grandson, Earl Day Brown (1892-1980), Gilmanton, New Hampshire; acquired from Brown by Harold Priest, Kennebunk, Maine; gift of Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2002)

Credit Line

Gift of Harold Priest

19th century

Object Place

Possibly England

Dimensions

1.2 x 11.7 cm (1/2 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2002.196

Medium or Technique

Iron

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Sound Devices