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Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, ca. 1895

NMM 5728.  Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, NY, ca. 1895

NMM 5728. Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1895. Birdseye-maple resonator and columns. Seventy-four strings; forty-three on neck to player's left; thirty-one on neck to player's right (FF-f4). Signed on interior of arch, at player's left, in gold and black paint: H. GREENWAY / INVENTOR & MANUFACTURER / 545 ATLANTIC ST. / BROOKLYN, N.Y. / The Chromatic Harp. Label (opposite signature): CHROMATIC / HARP / H. GREENWAY / Inventor and Sole Maker. Gilded gesso ornamentation at tops, bottoms, and centers of columns, featuring roses, five-petal flowers, leaves, and a shield at columns' crossing point. Interiors of neck arches and soundboard painted with gold scrolling, highlighted in black. Eight soundholes in back. No pedals. Height 165.6 cm (65-3/16"). Length of longest string: 56". Purchase funds gift of Carole and Bruce Stavens, Sioux City, Iowa, 1994.


Literature:  "1994 Acquisitions Include Rare Pianos, Harp, Woodwinds," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 2 (January 1995), p. 2.

André P. Larson, "Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway," South Dakota Musician, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Spring 1995), p. 28.

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